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Slavonian Grebe

Slavonian Grebe
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-05-12 9:11
Viewed: 3522
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Slavonian, or Horned Grebe, Podiceps auritus
Swedish name: Svarthakedopping, meaning ‘black-throated grebe’

Close to the centre of town there were four pairs of Slavonian Grebes in the same inlet of brackish water. As there are several reed-covered areas including small islands, we assumed they are already nesting here.

As it 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.

The lighting was not the best, but as they were busy preening and looking for nesting material they were not too shy. We heard their bubbling calls too.

The WORKSHOP shows a pair, the male being closest and largest.

This was taken at a distance of about 15 meters (50ft) with the camera hand held
After moderate cropping and size reduction this image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for levels and converted from RAW.

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Ciao Ivan.
Eccellente foto di svasso con dei colori fantastici,ottima nitidezza
e dettagli, molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Hello Ivan
Beautiful photo with very good composition and fantastic colours! Beautiful bird too!

Hello Ivan,
Hope you are doing fine. This is a classic shot of the Slavonian Grebe with excellent accompanying rippling shadow. Marvellous indeed! The waving blue of clear water is a good contrasting background for this wonderful photo.The red eye is lovely and impressive.That orange buff tuft looks great as well. This is a beautiful bird no doubt and I am pleased to see once more a standard shot of this bird by an expert like you. Your notes as ever are great. Thanks a lot for sharing......take care....warmest regards/Abid

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-05-12 10:35]

Hello Ivan.
A lovely shot. Nicely composed with excellent exposure, POV and exposure. Lighting is spot on. Nice work.Best regards Siggi

A beautiful photo and setting. Excellent detail and good light. The wake is nicely recorded as is the reflection.
An amazing bird
regards yiannis

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-05-12 10:49]

wow! superb! I hope to find this specie soon. Excellent capture!

Hello Ivan,
Remarkable photo with exceptional clarity and details. Wonderful sharpness and nice contrast against the water background. Amazing clarity and exceptional POV.

Ciao Ivan. Very good contrast and details with ìexciting colours. Great pic MF.


Salam Ivan,

An excellent capture of this Horned Grebe with beautiful coloration, sharpness & setting. Very nicely presented & TFS.

Best wishes & Salam!


Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this Grebe with good sharpness and lovely details like the red-rimmed eye. Nice symmetry created by the reflections on the water and beautiful natural colours.
Best wishes,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-05-12 23:21]

Lovely photo, Ivan! Interesting and colorful bird. I like what look like a smile on its face... Nice pair in the WS!

Enjoy your Sunday!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-12 23:38]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent photo in beautiful natural colours and good sharpness. Fine DOF and composition. The photo in the workshop is very nice too.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-05-13 1:46]

Hi Ivan.
Both pictures give a very nice idea about these charming creatures. All underlines the delicateness and beautifulness of the bird: small waves around the bird and wonderful soft colours and lights. My compliments and best regards.

I like that tiny ringed eye of this cute bird, Ivan.
I guess this is my first view of this bird visiting your area.
A fine capture from sizable distance.
Thanks and regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-13 4:02]

Bonjour Ivan,
A species of Grebe I never have seen until now. It has a lovely golden crest and red eye. Thanks also for your explicative note. I see that you had some distance to the bird, so the sharpness is more difficult to achieve perfectly.
Bon dimanche à Ulla et toi

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-05-13 5:52]

Hej Ivan,
Very nice shot of this beautiful Slavonian Grebe ..
Beautiful colours and light. . POV/DOF, composition very nice.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Ivan,
interesting bird. Nice colours. Great point of view. Excellent sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Ivan
super good picture with great sharpness and good details
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ivan,
very nice picture of this bird with great clarity and composition. reflect added the beauty of this picture.

Hello Ivans
Wonderful Podiceps auritus and great capture from a perfect POV,wonderful colours and sharp details.Congrats!
Thank You,
Have a good week!

Hi Ivan

Hope you guys are enjoying your new home. Great shot of this beautiful grebe. excellent sharpness as usual and great composition.


Hola Ivan,

me encanta esta fotografía ya que esta ave no la tenemos en Catalunya ya que excepcionalmente hiverna aquí ( en Catalunya la denominamos popularmente "cabussó orellut" ).
Sencillez y practicidad en la toma que le confieren una notable naturalidad.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Ivan

Both photos of the Slavonian Grebe are beautiful,
fine POV and framing, excellent contrast between
the cold and the warm color tones, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-05-14 17:14]

Hello Ivan,
A wonderful shot of this colorful Horned Grebe. Love the golden crest of the male and it's glowing red eye. Excellent detail and beautiful natural coloration.
The Greb we have seem to be very timid, and don't come close to shore if they know you are around. You were very fortunate to be able to capture this one so close. Well done!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-17 9:34]

Hi Ivan,2 great captures,single and double,and a excellent quality of sharpness and colors in a difficult light,the details od the red eye are fantastics,it looks like a red rubin.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano.

merhaba Ivan
nice to see again your captures after a long time.
I am always busy with academic and other facilities. Rarely I am active on TN. I hope everything very well.
This is great capture of one of my dream species. you are lucky to see and take it with a great shot. çok teşekkür ederim dostum. iyi günler.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2013-02-07 17:10]

Hi Ivan,
Wow, what a great coiffure!
We have many kinds of grebes here, but none of them look like yours.
A very nice profile showing all the details of this beautiful bird.
TFS. : )

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