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Black-necked Grebe

Black-necked Grebe
Photo Information
Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, Nikon 300mm VR 2.8 D + TC 2X
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-05 2:16
Viewed: 3176
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black-necked Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis, known in North America as the Eared Grebe, is a member of the grebe family of water birds. It occurs on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.
The Black-necked Grebe is 28–34 centimetres (11–13 in) long. The adult is unmistakable in summer with a black head and neck and yellow ear tufts. In winter, this small grebe is white with a poorly defined black cap, which distinguishes it from the crisper-looking Slavonian Grebe (Horned Grebe in America).
In courtship the male gives a mellow poo-ee-chk call to the female.
This species breeds in vegetated areas of freshwater lakes across Europe, Asia, Africa, northern South America and the southwest and western United States. The North American subspecies, P. n. californicus is known as the Eared Grebe (or "eared diver"). These birds migrate in winter, mostly to the Pacific Coast where they range south to El Salvador on a regular basis; vagrants may occur as far as Costa Rica.
The Black-necked Grebe is an excellent swimmer and diver, and pursues its prey underwater, eating mostly fish as well as small crustaceans, aquatic insects and larvae. It prefers to escape danger by diving rather than flying, although it can easily rise from the water.
Like all grebes, the Black-necked Grebe nests on the water's edge, since its legs are set very far back and it cannot walk well. Usually two eggs are laid, and the striped young are sometimes carried on the adult's back.
Interestingly, the eared grebe is essentially flightless for most of the year (9 to 10 months), and serves as an example of one of the most inefficient flier among avifauna. Generally, this bird avoids flying at all costs and reserves long distance flight exclusively for migration. However, when migrating, it will travel as much as 6000 km to reach prosperous areas which are exploited by few other species.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-05 2:27]

Hello Zeno.
Very pleasant image of the Black-necked Grebe. Well, preserved details, good dept of field and brilliant color balance.Valuable notes too. Very well done indeed.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Zeno,
Wonderful sharp image of The Black-necked Grebe, very nice rich colours and amazing features details, very well exposure and very well captured!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-05 3:19]

Hallo Zeno,
Schitterende foto genomen vanuit een perfect standpunt. Prachtige kleuren en uitstekende scherpte. Het oog met de gele pluimen er achter zijn de blikvangers. Een beauty!

Hi Zeno,

Very nice capture of The Black-necked Grebe, good exposure/white balance control, nice and sharp with impressive detailed feather texture, lovely colours and well done,
Best Regards Zeno and have a nice Sunday,


hallo Zeno
Wat zijn ze prachtig vooral met het zonnetje er op
super scherp veel details en mooi kleuren maken het kompleet
greotjes lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-06-05 5:02]

Hi Zeno,
Perfect shot,gorgeous details and colours.Nice gloss in feathers and very nice reflection the duck in the water.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Zeno,
Wonderful capture taken with beautiful colours, fine details, great sharpness and perfect low POV. Well done!

FANTASTIC photo Zeno!! The POV and the composition are excellent. The colours and the lighting are impressive. The focus is perfect.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-06-05 10:12]

a little too sharp but still a great photo.
Thanks for sharing this beauty

Ciao Zeno, great capture of lovely bird with fantastic colors, perfect focus on beautiful red eye, fascinating reflections, splendid light, wonderful sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Zeno. Top quality for this interesting capture! Colours and light are excitign so like sharp and details. Best compliments.


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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2011-06-05 14:11]

Super capture Zeno, very nice..
Best regards,

Excellent portrait, good detail and lighting, nice background, beautiful bird! regards yiannis

Bonjour Zeno,
L'image me semble pencher à gauche... mais le sujet est superbement valorisé dans une belle sumière, sous une excellente profondeur de champ et grace à un bonne opposition sur l'arrière plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Zeno,

This is quite amazing, even in the small thumbnail that red eye caught my attention!
And all over it is a colourful bird, an amazing plumage with such fine patterns...
The low point of view works well here, the camera was almost in the water..!

Pablo -

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