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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS + 1.4x II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): aquatic birds! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-13 22:19
Viewed: 5035
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 104
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,
Thank you for your critiques on my previous post.
This courting couple was taken at Tuzla Istanbul 2,5 years before.Distance was over 100m and it caused quality loss.But i thought it was a rare and funny moment and worth of posting.
Thanks for looking and have a nice day!

Great Crested Grebe
Infos from Wikipedia

Great Crested Grebe
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Podicipediformes
Family: Podicipedidae
Genus: Podiceps
Species: P. cristatus

Binomial name
Podiceps cristatus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
The Great Crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatus is a member of the grebe family of water birds.

1 Description
2 Distribution
3 Behaviour

Head of a young Great Crested Grebe with characteristic stripesThe Great Crested Grebe is 46-51 cm long with a 59-73 cm wingspan. It is an excellent swimmer and diver, and pursues its fish prey underwater. The adults are unmistakable in summer with head and neck decorations. In winter, this is whiter than most grebes, with white above the eye, and a pink bill. It is the largest European grebe.
The young are remarkable because their heads are striped black and white, much like zebras. They lose these markings when they become adults.

The Great Crested Grebe breeds in vegetated areas of freshwater lakes. The subspecies P. c. cristatus is found across Europe and Asia. It is resident in the milder west of its range, but migrates from the colder regions. It winters on freshwater lakes and reservoirs or the coast. The African subspecies P. c. infuscatus and the Australasian subspecies P. c. australis are mainly sedentary.

The Great Crested Grebe has an elaborate mating display. Like all grebes, it nests on the water's edge, since its legs are set extremely far back and it is thus unable to walk very well. Usually two eggs are laid, and the fluffy, striped young grebe are often carried on the adult's back. In a clutch of two or more hatchlings, Male and Female grebes will each identify their 'favourites', which they alone will care for and teach
Unusually, young grebes are capable of swimming and diving almost at hatching. The adults teach these skills to their young by carrying them on their back and diving, leaving the chicks to float on the surface; they then re-emerge a few feet away so that the chicks may swim back onto them.
The Crested Grebe feeds mainly on fish, but also little crustaceans, insects and small frogs.
This species was hunted almost to extinction in the United Kingdom in the 19th century for its head plumes, which were used to decorate hats and ladies undergarments. The RSPB was set up to help protect this species, which is again a common sight.

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hello Omer,
I congratulate you for this splendid moment of game that you photographed, exceptional photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Such a cute moment you got, Omer! Not only the birds are too cute, but also funny as you said. This looks like one in which we ask models to pose for us. :) You were indeed lucky to get such a clear shot despite of the distance. A clear background adds to the quality of the shot.

Congratulations on capturing this perfect moment!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-13 23:21]

Hello Omer,
this is a very nice capture with great colours, lighting and sharpness/POV. Very good composition. Thank you for posting.
Best regards Siggi

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2010-01-13 23:59]

Iste bu benim yillardir hayal ettigim fotograf. Tek kelimeyle muhtesem. Elinize saglik Omer Bey.

Ömer bey çok ilginç ve komik bir sahne:) kavga mı ediyorlar?
Elinize sağlık.

Ömer bey, kısaca ile sıradışı mükemmellikte bir kare.
Emeğinize sağlık.

great timing and a lovely pose.
very nice capture

Ciao Omer, wonderful couple in nice pose, lovely composition with wonderful natural colors, splendid capture, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-14 1:10]

Hello Omer
A wonderful scene taken with right moment with beautiful colors and excellent details

Hi Omer.
Beautiful picture with this two birds captured in a very interesting moment from their life.
Very good photo.
Best regards.Alin.

great capture, TFS Ori

Vay beeee:) dedirten bir sahne olmuş yine dostum! Bu kuşlarla anlaşmamı yapıon nedir anlamadım. Tüm olmadık pozları sana veriyorlar. Kuşlar bile iyi niyetli bir insan olduğunu hissediyor ki herkese böyle poz vermiyorlar:)))Bu sahne ile aklıma 2 keçinin daracık bir köprüdeki inatlaşmaları geldi:))
Hahaha... Koptum yine sabah sabah!
Ellerine sağlık dostum!
Keyifli bir gün diliyorum.


Hallo Omer
What a wonderful photo. How beautiful are this pair of Crested Grebe's and how perfectly you photographed them. The colourful and bright details are truly impressive and really outstanding. Both the framing and composition is very pleasing. The colour of the water is also very eye catching and personally the movement of the water around the birds adds to round of this special image to its best. Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-01-14 2:09]

Ömer Bey Üstadım bu ne muhteşem çekimdir böyle? Üstelik tarihi de oldukça eski...Estetik düzeyi çok yüksek çok güçlü bir kompozisyon olmuş.Emeğinize sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,

Merhaba Ömer bey, oldukça neşeli ve enteresan bir fotoğraf.
Zmanlaması gerçekten mükemmel. Emeğinize sağlık.

Ciao Omer. Great dynamic moment you've captured. The best light and exciting bright natural colours.


hello Omer
you have a very good moment to take this picture
great sharpness and good details
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-14 6:48]

Wonderful double capture!
Great details and colors.
Congratulation for this beauty!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-14 6:48]

Hello Omer,
What a fantastic moment. I've seen this action several times, but couldn't make a photo of it. Your timing is perfect. They are standing in splendid light. Excellent sharpness, details, low POV and composition. A beauty!

hello Omer

excellent and funny photo of the Great Crested Grebes,
superb timing from you, fine POV, DOF, fine focus
sharpness and details, TFS


Salams Omer,
Hope you'll be doing fine. What a superb long shot of these beautiful birds, perhaps they are on a courtship display they have either algae or kelp....perhaps....in their beaks and the postures are typical.....lovely photo to take and share. You know most of the photographers yearn to take this shot....the quality is not that bad ,better than many....thanks a lot for sharing friend...take care...warmest regards/Abid

*I had missed out on this one but I got it at last...smile

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-14 10:30]

Merhaba Ömer bey. Muhteşem zamanlama. Emeğinize sağlık.

Como siempre en tus tomas, una calidez de imagen excepcional por su limpieza y extraordinaria luminosidad. Atractivo encuadre.
Saludos Omer.

Hello Omer,
a fantastic capture of the wedding-dance of this pair, very good sharpness in spite of the great magnification, very beautiful natural colours, a very nice composition with a lovely scene.
Best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-14 12:25]

Hi Omer. Even taken at 100m this is still a sharp picture. I would think you a never going to see this sight again. You made the most and took it with fine detail and bright colours. well taken TFs.

Harika bir an karesi, kur davranışı mı yoksa başka bir mucadele mi var tam anlayamdım ama anladığım bir şey var o da sizin ustalığınız :)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-14 13:13]

Hi Omer

Superb timing - excellent behavioural capture.

Best wishes


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-14 14:14]

Hi Omer,your bird's pics are always incredibles,this is another fantastic example....and the quality of sharpness and colors are always over the top.Veru beautiful composition too and wonderful timing..have a nice day! Luciano

Merhaba Omer bey...
Cok hos ve harika bir ikili..Harika bir poz yakaladiniz ve muthis goruntulediniz...Ellerinize saglik, paylasim icin tesekkurler.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-14 15:37]

Hi Omer,

You managed a wonderful shot even from such a distance. This pair of Grebes are just adorable and the sight of the two of them with seaweed dangling from their beaks. This must be part of a mating ritual! Even the water droplets in front of them is terrific. This is a once in a lifetime capture.


Biliyorsunuz (TRAKUŞta da duyuruldu) National Geographic kur davranışları için fotoğraf arıyordu. Umarım siz de göndermişsinizdir bu kareyi. Tam NGlik bir çekim. tebrikler, Ömer Bey. zevkle izlenen enfes bir kare. her şeyiyle başköşelik olmuş.
elinize sağlık, iyi geceler, selamlar.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-14 19:31]

Hello Omer,
A perfectly timed shot showing these two in a humorous moment. Tac sharp detail and gorgeous colors. Love the stop action showing the water droplets in perfect focus. Great work!!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-15 3:09]

Merhaba Omer,
this is magnificent shot. well taken with all good aspects in every corners. The action too is very well presented, which is hard to fet. you have combined skills and art into one, giving your photograph a world class shot.
keep it up, I will definitely enjoy your lovely shot and I will appreciate it throughout and thoroughly.
Well done and congratulation for the noble effort you contribute.


Merhaba Omer,

An excellent capture with such beauty, sharpness & natural setting. Very well taken, composed & presented. TFS & best salam.


Merhaba Ömer bey, super bir aksiyon karesi. Olaylı bir an:)
Elinize sağlık.

Hello Omer,

another good image from you with good pov and dof with fine colours.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-16 3:46]

Merhaba Omer,
istisnai yakalamak.
Harika renkler ve detaylar. A ve komik çok iyi resim, tebrikler çerçeveli.
A nice WE,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-16 4:41]

Hello Omer,
Very funny indeed! Excellent picture-quality despite the distance you had to your subject.. Very interesting shot showing a special behaviour of these beautiful birds. I never would wear a hat with feathers of these lovely Grebes :-)
Kind regards

Magnificent shot !
Great sharpness and absolutely wonderful light !
Congrats !!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-16 17:07]

Hola Omer.
Love this great photo. Great moment. beautiful pose and BG. You long lens work very well here, no matter how far You were.
TFD Homero. ( Your name in Spanish)

Hello Omer! Wonderful topic. Excellent pair. Amazing scene. Very good background, good scenery. Marvelous composition. Superb exposure. Well done!

Hello Omer,
You have posted few on the TN but all are one of its kind; marvelous & stunning. Thanks for sharing this wonder photograph of a courting couple of Crested Grebe.

Hello Omer
i like the pose of this two grebes in perfect symmetry like in a mirror
superb composition, great details and beautiful lighting
the blue water makes a beautiful BG
Have a good night

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-17 19:12]

Hi Omer
Great capture with perfect timing.The image is sharp and it is showing an original moment,
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-18 4:18]

Merhaba Ömer,
A fine capture of a pair of Great Crested Grebes displaying pair bond behaviour. Despite the long distance the quality of the image is very good with fine sharpness and colours and the timing excellent.
Thanks and have a good week my friend,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-19 4:13]

Hello Omer,
How wonderful!! I'v seen Grebes displaying like this here but never managed to capture them! Very well timed with both sharply in focus. Great details and colours too!!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

A very amusing situation, Omer.
The two Grebes are trying to please each other through this antic and you were right there to record it, no matter if was 100 metres away.
The picture has your magic quality to it.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Omer,
Yes, funny moment! It seems they give each other some present during their court... Nice composition! Cheers,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-28 17:19]

Hello Omer,
The quality is great, colors, details and action captured are top notch. They must be courting the girls are they?

Hahaha, Omer, this shot is so lovely - what a great moment, I love it, excellent work.
Thanks and have a nice sunday
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Günaydin Ömer bey,
I'm happy to give the 100th points to this superb image. Beautiful moment captured, with perfect timing and exposure (as always from You). Very pleasing composition, and even the small waterdroplets are well visible - there's a little background noise though. With or without noise - a magic shot. Tfs.
Friendly regards, László

Hi Omer.

You are a true master when it comes to shooting birds.
This is so unique and timely with the capture.
Sharpness are just pristine as always.

Best regards,

Teşekkürler arkadaşım for showing this image on TrekNature ha ha ha ha - this is incredible - just like the American tennis playing twins bumping each other after each point won... :-))

It is indeed an honour to be a member of the same website as you are: your portfolio is grandiose!! and I add you to my favorites. Thank you.

The behaviour of this pair is very interesting, I like photos which tell a story rather than a ""studio photo"" - and I can see - 51 other members thought so too!

Congratulations on this action photo

İyi geceler
Warm Greetings from South Africa

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