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Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Slavonian Grebe, Podiceps auritus
Swedish name: Svarthakedopping, meaning ‘black-throated grebe’

This is not the best quality shot but it shows pair-bonding behaviour rarely seen.
At a distance of about 25 meters I noticed this pair displaying to each other, an act necessary to keep them together. It is tempting to interpret this in human terms.

Close to the centre of town there are three pairs of nesting Slavonian Grebes in the same inlet of brackish water.
As this species is not so common, we are privileged to have them in our new home town.

This species nests in Northern Europe Eastwards through Siberia. It also nests in N. America. In Europe the winter is spent along the west coasts. As it is not regarded as common we were lucky to see 4 pairs in the same area.

Ulla and I were intent on getting close shots of them, which is easier than usual as they have become used to people walking by.

The WORKSHOP shows a portait of the same pair at a closer distance.

This was taken at a distance of about 25 meters (80ft) with the camera hand held. The lighting was harsh and not the easiest to manage.

After heavy cropping and size reduction this image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for levels and converted from RAW.

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Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Edited by:Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)

This was taken at about 15 meters and moderately cropped