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Little Grebe

Little Grebe
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-01 6:48
Viewed: 3324
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At last I could make a photo of a Little Grebe from a acceptable distance.

The Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), also known as Dabchick, is a member of the grebe family of water birds. At 23 to 29 cm in length it is the smallest European member of its family. It is commonly found in open bodies of water across most of its range.

The Little Grebe is a small water bird with a pointed bill. The adult is unmistakable in summer, predominantly dark above with its rich, rufous colour neck, cheeks and flanks, and bright yellow gape. The rufous is replaced by a dirty brownish grey in non-breeding and juvenile birds.
Juvenile birds have a yellow bill with a small black tip, and black and white streaks on the cheeks and sides of the neck as seen below. This yellow bill darkens as the juveniles age, eventually turning black once in adulthood.

In winter, its size, buff plumage, with a darker back and cap, and “powder puff” rear end enable easy identification of this species. The Little Grebe's breeding call, given singly or in duet, is a trilled repeated weet-weet-weet or wee-wee-wee which sounds like a horse whinnying.

There are nine currently-recognized subspecies of Little Grebe, separated principally by size and colouration.
• T. r. ruficollis is found from Europe and western Russia south to North Africa.
• T. r. iraquensis is found in southeastern Iraq and southwestern Iran.
• T. r. capensis is found in Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and the Indian subcontinent, extending east to Burma.
• T. r. poggei is found from southeastern to northeastern Asia, Hainan, Taiwan, Japan, and south Kuril Islands.
• T. r. philippensis is found in the northern Philippines.
• T. r. cotobato is found on Mindanao.
• T. r. tricolor is found from Sulawesi to New Guinea and the Lesser Sundas.
• T. r. volcanorum is found from Java to Timor.
• T. r. collaris is found from northeastern New Guinea to Bougainville.

This bird breeds in small colonies in heavily vegetated areas of freshwater lakes across Europe, much of Asia down to New Guinea, and most of Africa. Most birds move to more open or coastal waters in winter, but it is only migratory in those parts of its range where the waters freeze. Outside of breeding season, it moves into more open water, occasionally even appearing on the coast in small bays.

The Little Grebe is an excellent swimmer and diver and pursues its fish and aquatic invertebrate prey underwater. It uses the vegetation skilfully as a hiding place.
Like all grebes, it nests at the water's edge, since its legs are set very far back and it cannot walk well. Usually four to seven eggs are laid. When the adult bird leaves the nest it usually takes care to cover the eggs with weeds. This makes it less likely to be detected by predators. The young leave the nest and can swim soon after hatching, and chicks are often carried on the backs of the swimming adults. In India, the species breeds during the rainy season.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
A top quality image!!! One of the most interesting and lovely species of birds I have ever seen. The details, focus and sharpness are splendid. Lovely contrast against the water in the background. Fantastic details and clarity.
A masterpiece! Thanks for sharing this beauty!

Hello Peter,
This is a fine shot against the clear water with small ripples for perfect beauty. Lovely sharp image in balanced framing as always.
All the best.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-03-01 6:56]

Hello Peter,
A real beauty in breeding plumage. Here the Little grebe is still in winter plumage!
Excellent POV taken withfine sharpness ansd natural colours against a clean water BG. Nice eye contact too.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Peter,
Another impressive capture taken from nice PoV,excellent details and clarity.
Thanks and my regards,

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-03-01 7:02]

Hello Peter,
very nice t.ruficollis,good capture,thanks..

Hello Mr.Peter,
Beautiful picture of this 'Little Grebe'.You have captured it nicely with nice colour,sharpness and light.Beautiful shadow on water too.Well done Peter.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-01 8:19]

Hi Peter,short distance for a great result,very high brightness and beautiful colors and reflections,the wet plumage details are really fantastics.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hallo Peter
super mooie foto van dit kleintje
super scherp veel details en prachtige kleuren
Super shot
bedankt gr lou

Hello Peter,these are such attractive water birds and you have shown it at it`s best,lovely detail and gorgeous colouring,a fine shot.
Regards Les.

Hello Peter,
An excellent close-up with beautiful colors, details & setting. Great presentation & POV. TFS & best wishes!


Hello Peter
Superb photo, perfect light and detail. Nice background colour and good eye contact.
regards yiannis

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-03-01 10:17]

Hallo Peter,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Little Grebe ..
Focus, POV, colors and composition very nice.
Best wishes,

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely little greebe with fantastic reflections, splendid sharpnes, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-03-01 10:34]

Hi Peter
Great colors here
Perfect portait

Boa noite Peter
Wonderful capture of this species.Great POV and composition,wonderful colours and great sharp details.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

Hello Peter

Excellent close-up photo of the Little Grebe
and its reflection on the water, with fine POV,
DOF and framing, beautiful light, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


水鳥很可愛 色彩都是美麗
還有的姿勢可愛 令人喜歡

so beautiful bird very common in Kerkini lake, your capture is very beautiful!
regards Peter

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-03-02 0:17]

What a cute bird..lovely image, so simple yet beautiful. tfs.

Hello Peter
Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hello Peter
Nice and interesting photo of this bird,good compozition and nice colours.The image is great.Congratulations!
Have a nice weekend!-Tibi

Hello Peter,
Lovely species and beautiful picture.
Great sharpness, good composition and beautiful reflection in the water. Only the contrast is a little too strong for my personal taste.
Tfs, Philippe.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-03-03 12:16]

Hello Peter,
Missed this cuty...looks like after the bath :-)
Have a nice evening!

Hello Peter,
very nice picture of this Little Grebe with stunning clarity and colour.
best wishes,

Hallo Peter,
Ik ben blij dat je eindelijk uw wens. Uitstekende samenstelling met scherpe scherpte en detaillering van de natte veren. Perfecte contact met de ogen en het goede contrast van de Little Grebe tegen het blauwe water. Goede schoot mijn vriend.
Hartelijke groeten

Interesting species & good capture!
TFS, Ferran

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-03-04 23:29]

Hello Peter
lovely capture of this grebe. The detailed body is well seen in the blue background. Very minimalist syle with all the details sharply presented. the reflection too is so helpful in giving an adorable view.


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