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Lunch time

Lunch time
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): aquatic birds! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-07 16:32
Viewed: 3526
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pied-billed Grebe
On that morning I was watching for that Grebe and not to much action was taking place,light was not ideal and the Grebe was not to cooperative.I was stil on the trial mode with the 2.0 converter,I was very happy for both of us to see that the Grebe had suddently catch her favorite meal.
From Audubon
Nesting 5-7 whitish eggs strained brown in a well-hidden,floating mass of dead marsh vegetation anchoredto adjacent plants.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-05-07 16:41]

Wow! What a great shot! Gary

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-07 16:45]

Hi Michel,

This one was worth waiting for! I love this little Grebe with his catch in his beak. He seems to be smiling as he tries to hold on to it. Nice colors and details of his face and feathers. The white beak and eye ring are wonderful. Nice splashes in the water!


Hi Michel,

Great catch of this little fellow catching lunch, excellent detail, pin sharp. Although I do prefer them on the BBQ prawns that is, not the Grebe !

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-07 21:06]

Hi Michel.
What a cute bird you managed to catch. Superb details of the bird and its prey as well as natural and sweet surroundings. Great work of your amazing telelens and converter. Colours, contrast, sharpness are great. Exposure is also spot on. Well done and kind regards.

Marvellous action shot of the Grebe finally catching its meal, Michel.
Despite trying conditions as mentioned in your note, you have managed a wonderful shot. I can see the expression of glee in the bird's eye!
TFS and regards.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-07 22:04]

Hello Michel
Excellent shot, I didn't know that this bird eat crabs. I like details and interesting colors.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-07 22:30]

Hello Michel,
A superb capture of a Pied-billed Grebe with a caught crayfish. The technical quality is first class and the low POV and composition make this a wonderful image.
I like it very much.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

hello Michel
ok perfect moment that all we seek
perfect scene and shot

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-08 2:12]

Bonjour Michel,
Une double belle prise! Image très vivante et bien présentée. Parfaite netteté et sujet intéressant. Quelque fois il faut être un peu patient pour trouver un sujet à notre goût..
Une belle journée

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-08 2:32]

Hello Michel,
What a fascinating photo! Not only for the interesting scene, but also for the excellent quality of this photo. The low POV and sharp details are superb. Beautiful natural colours.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-08 6:46]

Hi Michel,
Excellent capture.POV,sharpness,details,colors,moment you caught and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

salut Michel

une superbe photo du Grèbe à bec bigarré avec sa prise,
excellent POV à la hauteur du sujet, superbe focus
avec d'excellente netteté et détails, TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-08 8:28]

Hello Michel,
It's certainly nice to be back to see your lovely bird images!! This is a very fine view of this beautiful Grebe that is new to me! Excellent light and sharpness and it's nice to see it with a Crayfish in its beak! Great work!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-08 10:06]

Great catch for both of you Michael.
Excellent composition and sharpness.
Love the frame and details and soft reflection of the grebe on the water surface are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-05-08 10:52]

Hi Michel,
Great catch of this little fellow
very good sharp and detail
very well done.
have a nice days.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-08 10:55]

Hi Michel. Its been worth waiting for a picture when you post such a good one like this. The detail in the Grebe is first class and great timing to get it with a cath of food. With such bright colours. The large eye stands out so well. TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

Ciao Michel, great capture of beautiful greebe in nice action, wonderful colors, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, bravo, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-05-08 13:42]

Hello Michel, very nice capture of this Grebe with its lunch in its beak!
Great reflections, nice light and exposure and sharp details! Thanks!

Hello Michel

Absolutely wonderful grab.
These guys submerge and where they come up is anybodies guess.
Excellent detail and sharpness.
Well composed in the frame.
I would be proud to have this one as my own.


bonjour Michel
magnifique photo de cette grèbe à bec bigarré
les détails sur le plumage sont étonnants
j'adore les reflets dorés de l'eau
Passe un bo dimanche

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-05-09 19:04]

Il paraît que c'est quand rien n'arrive que tout arrive ;-) je blague! Franchement, cette photo est superbe et je suis convaincue que tu ne t'attendais pas à une telle réussite. Le petit grèbe avait plus d'un tour dans son sac, il faut croire. Merveilleux, la lumière est belle, tout est net, ah que c'est beau un belle photo. Merci Michel,


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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2009-05-10 6:16]

Salut Michel,
Beaux détails et belle netteté. Excellentes couleurs naturelles. J'aime particulièrement cette rare capture d'une écrevisse

A stunner of a shot, Michel!
It's so sharp and beautifully timed!
Very well done!

Excellent capture Michel. I've always found Grebes to stay far from shore. It's nice you were able to get such a great shot with it feeding. Wonderful take. Trevor

Hello Michel,
Nice shot, wonderful sharpness and depth of field,
nice details and good timing.

It's lunch appears a bit bigger than it could handle...used to happen to me at a buffet...unfortunately unlike others my stomach WAS big enough to handle it all...Well captured at the right time and in good contrast and light?!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-05-20 14:02]

Bonsoir Michel !
Wow, quelle photo ! Prise au moment parfait, alors que le grèbe venait tout juste de sortir - l'écrevisse - de l'eau. Les détails sont excellents, tout comme la composition, le POV, les couleurs. J'adore le beau bleu de l'eau. Félicitations !

Hello Michel,
great moment and capture for lovely Grebe species in feeding time. focus, POV, colors, composition and timing great. Caryfish interesting feed for a grebe. She also gave a great pose to you. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-05-22 19:39]

Hello Michel,
What a great catch for both of you, but I guess the crayfish is not too happy. Fantastic detail and wonderful colors. Great work my friend, thank you.

Hi Michel
Great catch.
You very surprised that this bird eating fish.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-05-29 10:12]

Hi Michel,
A delicious lunch ...
A superb capture of a Pied-billed Grebe.
Beautiful natural colours and sharp details.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-05-30 15:27]
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Hi Michel
Very good timing and a lovely pose. It's a beautiful bird. Any idea what exactly the prey is?
All the best,

can describe my feelings.
Mario with friendly greetings from Calgary Alberta, Canada.

Bonjour Michel,

Le sujet est bien cadré. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails, les couleurs et l'action du grèbe qui a capturé son repas. Le covertisseur 2.o et la lentille de 500mm ont donné une belle image. L'intensité de la lumière rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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