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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-06-01 7:06
Viewed: 3857
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Slavonian Grebe, Podiceps auritus
Swedish name: Svarthakedopping, meaning ‘black-throated grebe’

This is not the best quality shot but it shows pair-bonding behaviour rarely seen.
At a distance of about 25 meters I noticed this pair displaying to each other, an act necessary to keep them together. It is tempting to interpret this in human terms.

Close to the centre of town there are three pairs of nesting Slavonian Grebes in the same inlet of brackish water.
As this species is not so common, we are privileged to have them in our new home town.

This species nests in Northern Europe Eastwards through Siberia. It also nests in N. America. In Europe the winter is spent along the west coasts. As it is not regarded as common we were lucky to see 4 pairs in the same area.

Ulla and I were intent on getting close shots of them, which is easier than usual as they have become used to people walking by.

The WORKSHOP shows a portait of the same pair at a closer distance.

This was taken at a distance of about 25 meters (80ft) with the camera hand held. The lighting was harsh and not the easiest to manage.

After heavy cropping and size reduction this image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for levels and converted from RAW.

goatman04, maaciejka, marius-secan, KOMSIS, Marco2010, CeltickRanger, Ishi, josediogo1958, Chiza, drchoneydew, bungbing, eqshannon, Pitoncle, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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Hello Ivan,
a perfect moment you capture with great sharpness and colour. good composition.
best wishes,

Salam Ivan...My neighbor today!

An excellent capture of these Slavonian Grebe with beautiful natural coloration, sharpness & details. Very nicely composed & presented. The workshop image is equally beautiful.

Well done & TFS. Best wishes & regards!



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-01 7:34]

Hello Ivan,
Both photos are splendid. This one is very special. Never seen this behaviour at Slavonian Grebe. Great pose and very beautiful colours. Excellent timing.
Enjoy the weekend,

Hello Ivan,
Splendide photo presentation of this species, very rare in my country, great breeding action, TFS!
Regerd, Joska

Hello Ivan,
nice picture of these Grebes with beautiful colours and lovely flirting poses. Good sharpness and a fine picture in the workshop, too.
Best wishes,

Hi Ivan,
very interesting situation. Nice point of view. I like these colours and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Ivan,
Splendid species of birds. Lovely composition with this two birds in love....The details, colors and focus are great. I like the interesting feders of this gorgeous birds.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-01 8:42]

Hi Ivan,a spectacular capture of this couple,it looks loke an exercise of syncronized swim..ehhehe..great timing,great quality and colors,the red eyes details in the WS are fantastics!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-06-01 9:17]

Hej Ivan,
Beautiful capture couple black-throated grebe ..
Superb sharp details, nice natural colours and a lovely composition.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-06-01 9:27]

Hello Ivan.
Lovely scene. Perfect composition, POV, beautiful colors and light. Great work!
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ivan, great capture of lovely couple in fantastic pose, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo Ivan
super good picture with great details and beautiful colous
thanks greeting lou

GReat shot, you and Ulla make me jealous, hopefully next year again, also for the Black throat!!


Hello Ivan
Beautiful species captured at a special moment.
Good detail and light, nice background, lovely colours.
regards yiannis

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-06-01 21:22]

wow! superb! I didn't have the chance to see this specie yet!

Hello Ivan

Both photos are beautiful with great contrast
of the warmer color tones of the birds and
the colder color tones of the water, fine POV,
excellent focus, sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-06-02 4:48]

A lovely pair indeed, caught very well, in what we people call a gesture of love.

I like the WS pic very much, too. The Swedish May sun, while harsh gave the scene beautiful vivid colors.

Have a pleasant weekend, Ivan!


Hello Ivan
Wonderful couple and excellent capture.Perfect composition,wonderful colours and great details.
Thank You
Have a good weekend!

Witaj Ivan,
Excellent dynamic painting. Even romantic. Perfect quality, excellent colours, sharpness and background. Pretty reflection.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-06-02 15:59]

Hola Ivan, que hermosa foto de estas aves; bien congelado el momento con gran nitidez, enfoque, color y luz excelentes...muy buena composición tambien...saludos.

WOW Ivan..look at that, never witnessed this in the wild before and LOVE the portrait in the workshop! Love those wild orange eyes..this is great. Always enjoy reading your notes and viewing your species captured! :0)

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-06-04 6:35]

Passion on the water, beautiful and intimate moment of these lovely species captured well. tfs.

Hello Ivan,
Lovely moment captured of these Grebes, wonderful coloration, good details sharpness and the one in the workshop is very good too, a great work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2012-06-05 12:29]

Hi Ivan,
What a great moment captured!
We have these grebes in our area. They are referred to as horned grebes.
I see them in lakes in our area, but they are usually very far out.
They do not like to come near the shore.
They are so photogenic, though.
Great catch and TFS. : )

Certainly graceful in love that's for sure.. not so sure about passion... but I know you are passionate about your work... which I continue to like... good seeing your work again. As you may know.. health reasons keep me at a low tide but I get better slowly...
Peace to you brother

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-06-06 7:30]

Hi Ivan,
Lovely shot with a very good moment captured.
Nice colours with good details.
Regards Jiri.

Amazing scene and great photo Ivan! Perfect timing and excellent composition. The lighting and the colours are fantastic!

Bonjour Ivan,
Agréable scène de la vie sauvage relativement bien saisie à l'instant décisif.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-06-18 1:06]

Hi Ivan.
What a charming scene and fantastic timing. Sunlight, vivid colours and precise exposure as well as superb details of the birds impress the imagination. My warm regards and TFS.

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