<< Previous Next >>

Weird behavior

Weird behavior
Photo Information
Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-03 16:49
Viewed: 3515
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a follow up to one of my previous posting.The little one is still after the mother.One that morning I spend about 2 hours observing what I woudl call a weird behavior.The funny thing about it is that the mother kept chasing the young one away in a rough manner but once in a while she would pick up food for him - her and the young would come back for lunch.bot right after she would chace him away again.
From Audubon
Description :12-15'' Pigeon sized.a stocky,uniformly brownish water bird,with stout whitish bill that has black ring around it during breeding season.

taba, techranger, Juyona, eqshannon, goldyrs, uleko, boreocypriensis, Noisette, Argus, Dis. Ac., jaycee, maurydv, goatman04, Luis52, siggi, jcoowanitwong, NinaM, CeltickRanger, anel, KOMSIS, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2009-08-03 17:36]

Hi Michel

very good moment and capture...
the use of the converter shows a good work with a 500 mm lens..
with nice and good details...
I like the water movement too.



Great action capture Michel with wonderful detail and DOF. Well seen and well presented.


Hi Michel
Great timing on this one. Very nice detail. looks like he mite be having a tuff time with the size of that fish. But it looks like the other one is very willing to help out.

amazing capture, TFS Ori

  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-03 21:47]

Hello Michel
Nice scene, excellent details and natural colors

a nice action shot with two birds and a fish. very nice moment. The light is a bit flat, but lucky we can't control things so that e always get the perfect shot

  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-08-04 0:07]

Hola Michel,
bella captura y simpático cuadro...
detalles y buen foco.
saludos amigo.

that is a totally unique image Michel. Never seen any behaviors as this...Your slice of daily life turned into a comic!

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-08-04 10:17]

My goodness, Michel!
That fish is almost as big as the baby grebe.
That is quite a mouthful.
What a fantastic POV from the front.
I also really like that attentive look of the mother.
Very sharp details and good light.
Strange behavior indeed. I know that baby grebes can be very insistent and demanding when they are hungry. Maybe the mother was feeling annoyed!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful behavior photo.
TFS. : )

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-04 12:49]

Hello Michel,
A really fine and well-timed capture of this Mum and youngster! I like the sharp focus on her profile and your fine composition. They're nicely framed in by the rings on the water too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Michel, a great observation and lovely capture of these cute ones.
TFS and cheers,

bonjour Michel
Très interressante image et très interressante note
superbe scene de ces deux grèbes prise avec d'excellents details
Merci pour le partage

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-08-04 19:07]

Hello Michel,
Fantatsic image here from a great point of view. This may have been mom trying to get the young one to go it alone, yet making sure it had enough to eat. Great work my friend, thank you.

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-04 21:37]

Hello Michel,
A fine capture with an interesting note.
This shot of parent Pied-billed Grebe watching its young swallowing a fish has superb technical qualities with fine lighting and set in pleasing composition.
I don't know why the parent behaved in this way but maybe it's the start of trying to get the young to be more independent and catch their own food.
Thanks and best regards,

Buen formato y un maravilloso enfoque sobrado de profundidad: mucho realismo !!!

Saludos Michel

Hi Michel,

an very nice shot from this birds with the big fish.
good timing, pov and details.
Fine colours.


  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-05 12:00]

Salut Michel,il faut avoir de la classe et un peu de chance pour faire un photo si belle et particuliere.Pas seulement la capture du poissons,mais aussi le visage de l'oiseau a droite et tres curieuse et amusante.Mes compliments pour l'excellente qualite' de la nettete'..pas facile une photo comme ca! Bonne soiree',LUCIANO

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-08-05 17:21]

Hi Michel,

How fascinating it must be to watch the behavior of these adorable Grebes. You capture this moment perfectly with fine details and good colors. The one is really struggling with the fish and the one looking on looks very amused. I love all the splashes in the water.


Hello Michel,
what a fantastic picture of the Pied-billed Grebe taken from an excellent POV with a great timing, very good sharpness and splendid colours, very nice composition
Best regards

Hi Michel,

This is an excellent capture with such great colors, details & sharpness. Very well done with great skill & care. TFS.

BTW, I just started to browse your TN photos & they are just great. I'll keep a close eye on your next postings from now on.

Many thanks & best regards.


  • Great 
  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-08-06 14:55]

Hola Michel.
Beautiful photo! I really like it. Some kind of funny, Just look at the Mother's face, she can not belive it.
Excellent work Michel.

A lovely shot, Michel!
Very nicely timed and a lovely POV!

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-10 10:25]

Hello Michel,
I've missed this spectacular photo because of a little holiday last week.
Fantastic moment and timing. I like everything in this photo of the Pied-billed Grebes. Excellent sharpness and details with 1/700 mm! Of course with your tri-pod. The low POV and composition are marvelous. Top quality!

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-10 12:58]

Hello Michael,
Fantastic shot! The sharpness and details are great. Point of view and the composition are excellent. Very good colours and contrasts too.
Thanks for the share,
Best regards Siggi

  • Great 
  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-08-10 23:37]

Hi Michel

Superb action shot - the low pov works very well and the interaction between the two birds is excellent - as well as the fish!


Hi Michel,
The action is well taken. Look like the young is learning the trick from his mother.

  • Great 
  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-08-15 7:17]

Wow, c'est impressionnant, Michel! l'air étonné de la mère me fait rire, car c'est un gros morceau qu'il avale. Merci pour cette photo, elle est superbe, drôle et réussie!


Hello Michel

Wow what a mouthful.
Great close up of these grebes.
The sharpness and detail is excellent,even water droplets captured in the air.
Nicely done.


salut Michel

une excellente photo de ces grèbes prise sur le vif,
excellent POV et DOF, excellent focus avec la netteté
et détails, TFS


  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-08-18 5:31]

Bonjour Michel,
Il n'est pas toujours facile d'être une maman! Le coeur balance entre nourrir le petit et lui apprendre l'indépendance. Pour nous mamans humaines, c'est la même chose et quelque fois je dois me forcer aussi de ne pas toujours être au service de mon fils :-)
Image très vivante et d'une excellente netteté, de très belles couleurs aussi.
Un grand merci
Une bonne semaine

  • Great 
  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-08-18 9:30]

Hi Michel,
a great composition ...
Superb focus and sharpness.Beutiful colours and light.
Best wishes,

Ciao Michel, wonderful capture of lovely couple in great pose, splendid sharpness and fine details, beautiful reflections, very well done, ciao Silvio

Merci Michel pour ce tableau d'une très grande netteté.
Les teintes bien nuancées et la postures des sujets donnent un résultat de grande qualité

Bonjour Michel,

Les ondes sur l'eau sont des atouts à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de ces deux grèbes bigarés. le sujet est bien cadré. La lumière de l'après-midi a un bel effet sur les couleurs. Bonne journée.


Calibration Check