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Eared Grebe and Chicks

Eared Grebe and Chicks
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-22 13:24
Viewed: 3470
Points: 26
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Today we went out to Murray Lake for an hour and had the treat of watching this Eared Grebe family with Mom and Dad feeding the young and carrying them on their backs. They seemed to be all very busy.

Eared Grebe
Podiceps nigricollis
General Description

By Andrew Slater

The Eared Grebe breeds across the prairie and parkland belts of southern and central Alberta. It winters on the west coast, and in the south west U.S.A. and in Mexico.

It arrives on the prairies in mid April and leaves by mid October. Between these months, it is one of the commonest birds on prairie sloughs.

The Eared Grebe feeds on all forms of aquatic life to be found in prairie and parkland sloughs. It both dabbles on the surface and makes shallow dives.

It is a colonial nester, in covering vegetation along the shores of lakes, ponds and marshes. The nests are anchored to submerged vegetation and mounds of mud, and consist of floating platforms of decaying vegetation.

SelenE, pekkavalo1, Juyona, eqshannon, NinaM, CeltickRanger, jaycee, uleko has marked this note useful
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Lovely image Rick, the grebe is a wonderful bird, nice details and a fine capture, regards h

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-22 14:11]

Hi Rick,
An intimate moment :o) Well seen and captured. TFS

Hi Rick,

Very beautiful capture of these Eared Grebes. Good composition and nice colours. Details are sharp. Its a shame that a straw is a bit disturbing otherwise perfect picture.



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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-22 16:08]

Hola Rick.
excelente disparo,
y bello momento,
buen foco y color...

...and from what I read an from what I hear from my reporter in Grand forks, with all of your oil business...which in your case means harsh and hard work, I can appreciate your vacation even for only a day....Very nice Rick! We talk about you now...I have MagicJack and it calls into Canada for free...20 bucks a year for all my LD calling...ask if you need..I have it and it works!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-22 18:54]

My friend Rick, how glad I am to see you're back and to see your picture! This is such a pretty scene, with the mother feeding the chicks. I really like the red eye attracting all the attention almost at the centre of the frame... it's incredibly red! Thank you Rick, I'll go visit your pictures that I missed!


hello Rick

beautiful image of this Eared Grebe with his Chicks,
fine POV and DOF, i love the waves in the image,
and love that kind of photos of chicks with their parent, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-22 21:30]

Hi Rick,

It's so nice seeing posts from you two days in a row!!! This parent feeding the young is so sweet - and so colorful. I can't believe that red eye. Lovely details of the faces and plummage. I love light and movement of the water. You and Lucy must have had a wonderful day.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-23 4:18]

Hi Rick,
Long time no see Sir. A lovely natural scene that shows this time of year off to it's best here. Great timing too, well done.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-23 5:59]

Hi Rick
this is a loveyl image
very good sharp

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-23 15:16]

Wow! Look at that eye!
An intimate capture of this family of Grebes :-D
Well composed and a decent POV.
Excellent light.
Sharp as ever.

Well done, Rick!


p.s see my latest post :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-25 6:33]

Hello Rick,
We were hoping to see this lovely Grebe on a trip we made up north this spring but we didn't succeed - they're very rare here. This is a lovely capture seeing it with its young. Great focus on the lovely eye red eye and fine colours.
Many thanks, Ulla

Great.Grebe with black neck bring food chicken.

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