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Morning Swim

Morning Swim
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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: 2007-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Eyed Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-06 6:43
Viewed: 3620
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The soft morning light helps bring out the gold plummage on these Eared Grebes heads. This was taken at Murry Lake, the vegetation behind the grebes is winter kill aquatic weeds and it is rotting so the air is a little pungent but the waterfowl and shorebirds seem to like it.
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.

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Hi Rick.
Very nice shot. Amazing eyes. Excellent coloured presentation. Well done. tfs. Stev

Fantastic eyes on these birds! Lovely photo, the early morning light really does enhance the colors. Just beautiful, TFS, Mish

As always another amazing Atrebla ADANAC addition! < I count SIX, make that SEVEN, A-s! > Well done. I am sorry I haven't got more time to visit, but with Spring HERE and company COMING... I'm a wee short on the stuff that FLIES! Tfs, Jay

PS 4700th right here!

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-06 10:42]

Hello Rick, what a beautiful pair you got here, I love the POV, BG and the water reflection...congrats..well done..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-06 11:08]

Hi Rick,

Oh, those red eyes! This is just lovely.
I do like the early morning light. Wonderful colors and details and such a pretty scene.


The red eyes are so great , nice capture , Rick . We have a few of these birds on our farm , but it's hard to get close to them for the best shots . I'll have to wait for the grass and reeds to grow before I have a good place to hide . The colors and detail are very good . TFS , Kevin .

What fascinating eyes, Rick!
The metaphor 'burning embers' easily comes to mind.
These Eared Grebes are truly beautiful to look at with that attractive, dual toned plumage.
TFS and regards.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-06 13:09]

Hello Rick
Nice picture .Good details in the feathers and I just love those eye's .Bood DOF to.
TFS Michel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-06 13:19]

Hello Rick,
Excellent capture of these two beautiful Grebes showing off their colours in the lovely morning light. Great sharpness and I like the low POV and the contrasting blue water.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-06 13:21]

Hello Rick,
Very fine capture of a pair of Eared grebes, the red eyes shining. The wave in the water suggests that they put on a spurt when you directed your camera at them, but you managed a fine sharp, well lit and well composed shot.
TFS ansd best wishes, Ivan

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-06 17:39]

Hi Rick. A very good shot. the eye are spot on. great detail and warm colours. with good refections. well done TFS.

Le couple, photo superbe, belle composition.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-08 23:14]

Hello Rick

The lighting is very good,and the colours are rich and deep.The details are excellent with sharp focus.Wow the eyes are wonderful.I like the reflections in the water.TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-09 9:50]

Hi Rick,
those red eyes must be a result from a late night ;-).
Great shot of this pair of grebes. Fabulous lighting that brings out the colors and details of the plumage. very well.

Uncommon.How many rare species of birds exist in Canada.

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