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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon EF500/4L IS + 1.4x II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2007-01-08 4:12
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It was a windy,rainy and dark day.All conditions were not suitable for photography..But it was very nice to watch how this little grebe catched this big fish and tried to eat it..Sorry for the quality,i used ISO 800 and 1/100.I wish good luck in new year as this little grebe:)
Have a great week and hope you’ll like it!

Little Grebe
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Podicipediformes
Family: Podicipedidae
Genus: Tachybaptus
Species: T. ruficollis
Binomial name
Tachybaptus ruficollis
(Pallas, 1764)

The Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis, or Dabchick is, at 23-29 cm in length, the smallest European member of the grebe family of water birds. This bird can be found at pretty much any open body of water across most of its extensive range.
Little Grebe is a small water bird with a pointed bill. The adult is unmistakable in summer, predominantly dark above with its rich rufous colour neck, cheeks and flanks, and bright yellow gape. The rufous is replaced by a dirty brownish grey in non-breeding and juvenile birds.
Juvenile birds have a yellow bill with a small black tip, and black and white streaks on the cheeks and sides of the neck as seen below. This yellow bill increasingly darkens, eventually turning black.
In winter, its size, buff plumage with a darker back and cap, and “powder puff” rear end enable identification of this species.
The Little Grebe's breeding call sounds like a horse whinnying. One Cornish bird interbred with a vagrant Pied-billed Grebe.
This bird breeds in small colonies in heavily vegetated areas of freshwater lakes across Europe, much of Asia down to New Guinea, and most of Africa. Most birds move to more open or coastal waters in winter, but it is only migratory in those parts of its range where the waters freeze.
Like all grebes, it nests on the water's edge, since its legs are set very far back and it cannot walk well. Usually four to seven eggs are laid, and the striped young are sometimes carried on the adult's back.

Camera Model:Canon EOS 30D
Shooting Date/Time:1/3/2007 1:37:53 PM
Shooting Mode:Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ): 1/100
Av( Aperture Value ): 5.6
Metering Mode: Spot Metering
Exposure Compensation:0
ISO Speed: 800
Lens:500.0 mm
Focal Length:700.0 mm
Image Size:3504x2336
Image Quality:RAW
White Balance Mode: Auto
AF Mode:AI Servo AF
Parameters Settings
Tone Curve Standard
Sharpness 3
Contrast 0
Noise Reduction:Off
File Size: 7177 KB
Drive Mode: Low-speed continuous shooting

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Hi Sebnem

Nice timing. Good shot and a lucky catch for the Grebe. :-)

Hi Sebnem
a very well capture moment with perfect sharpness and good colours...and the splash in the water adds a lot to the composition

Hi Sebnem,
Always feel privilege to see such action picture. May be the big splash nearby was caused by another frightened fish.

Hi Sebnem,
What a shot!! Such an awesome moment captured. I love the splash created by the tail of the fish. Quality looks still good to me.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-08 4:44]

Merhaba Sebnem,
Suyun hareketini cok iyi yakalamissin, cok begendim, ve kompozisyona cok ayri bir hava katmis. Ufaklik da aviyla oldukca mutlu duruyor :o) Cok guzel fotograf, eline saglik.

hello sebnem

I think that this bird has the belly larger than the head beautiful moment than you knew captured cheer


Hello Sebnem,
It is a good action catch and despite the problems you mentioned with those difficult lightning condition, I think that it is a very good catch with nice details and good action. I like the splash of the water too. Yes, this Grebe was luck and I wish you the same for this New Year ;) Well done and thanks,

Tek kelimeyle mükemmel bir kare ,çok hoşuma gitti doğrusu ellerine sağlık paylaşım için sağol......

Merhaba Şebnem Hanım,
Her zamanki kalite ile mükemmel bir "o an". Elinize sağlık. Her detayı ile mükkemmel bir çalışma.

Merhaba Şebnem Hanım,
Yine olağanüstü güzellikte bir kare paylaşmışsınız.Zamanlamanız harika.Özellikle sizin için poz vermiş sanki.Elinize, gözünüze sağlık.


Hi Sebnem,
A nice action shot you have captured on this Little Grebe. The action and detail are well frozen. Under the low light conditions you did very well.

Hello sebnem,

Excllent capture perfect colors Bg pov dOF perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo
TFS Kyle

Hello Sebnem,

It is very unusual to get picture of a Little Grebe fishing! So there's no problem with the quality of the picture... Sometimes the picture is well done only by capturing the subject in a very special moment/behavior... The water in the air gives dynamism and drama to the picture! And look at the size of the fish in comparison to the size of the bird... Not so small eh!

Excellent picture, Sebnem, and thank you very much for sharing that picture...


Hello Sebnem,
thank you for these refreshing New Year's greetings!
Rare capture, well taken under difficult light conditions.
Thank you, and all the best to you for 2007!
With best regards,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-08 10:09]

Hello Sebnem,
an incredible catch for both of you. There is such nice action and details going on and you captured it perfectly. Great POV and excellent composition.
Happy New Year..Sky

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-01-08 10:16]

merhaba Sebnem hanım;
Çok güzel bir çekim, tebrikler...selamlar

eleştirilerinizi dikkate alıyorum...

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-08 10:17]

Merhaba Şebnem hanım,
çok güzel bir aksiyon anını mükemmel yakalamışsınız. Balığın kuyruğunun suda yarattığı damlalar kompozisyonu güçlendirmiş. Ellerinize sağlık, selamlar..

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-08 10:21]

Hi Sebnem.
You have "squeezed out" everything from your equipment, what was possible and even more a bit. Excellent action shot well exposed, free of noise, well sharpened and detailed. Thank you for sharing and best wishes.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-08 11:00]
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Hello Sebnem,
This is a bit af excellent timing caught in difficult difficult circumstances and pretty sharp considering the ISO 800 and 1/100 sec.
This Little Grebe must have had some difficulty in swallowing this large fish.
I wonder if you got a shot of that struggle?
TFS, regards, Ivan

Magnífica captura con muy buenos detalles. Precioso colorido Sebnem. Una nitidez estupenda como en todas tus fotos amiga.
Un cariñoso saludo, JL.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-08 12:46]

Hello Sebnem , A great shot what a timing , good compositie details colours bg and nice framing ,i like it ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

Ciao Sebnem, you capture a grat moment with your wonderful phot, splendid composition with lovely details, wonderful light and colors, great sharpness, very well done , BRAVA! ciao Silvio

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-01-08 13:38]

very good photo Sebnem,
great capture of this fuut in Dutch, good quality of the composition, fantastic pov and good dof, very good 2007 Sebnem for you and your family, good job.
gr. jaap

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-08 14:08]

Una buena captura en acción Sebnem a pesar de la escasa velocidad utilizada.
Me gusta el efecto del agua y el punto de vista del ave con su presa recién pescada.
El fondo de la escena tal vez no sea ideal, pero no desmerece la belleza de la escena principal.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Good capture in action Sebnem in spite of the scarce used speed.
I like the effect of the water and the point of view of the bird with their recently fished prey.
The bottom of the scene perhaps is not ideal, but not be unworthy of the beauty of the main scene.
My best regards... Ricardo

Hello Sebnem,
Great action captured!
A wonderful image, congrats...
Pablo -

Merhaba Sebnem,
Nice catch. Lovely picture of the bird capturing the fish, plus water splash.
Very nice shot.

Ben Lakitan

Salut Sebnem
Très bien réussie cette prise de vue , les couleurs et les détails ainsi que la composition tout est parfait. Il fallait être la au bon moment pour capter cette scêne de pêche.
Merci et passe une bonne semaine....JP

Merhaba Shebnem ne guzel resim isik zorluk vermis ama ellerine saglik super cekmisin selamlar Necip

Merhaba Sebnen,
Good this action scene captured here!
I like the dark armony of colors and atmosphere created, and the contrast with the yellow on the upper center.
Congratulations and happy new year!,

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-01-08 15:41]

Hi Sebnem,
A lovely decisive moment.Amazing you you captured the catch of the fish.I can see from the image info that the light must have been very low and so well done in handling it so well.I like the water droplets on the branches.Fine work!
Regards, David

Hola Sebnem,
Excelente y oportuna captura, la composición es muy bella. Un saludo

Hello Sebnem
Happy New Year to you :))
A interesting shot of this little Grebe trying to eat this large fish. Hopefully it all worked out for the Grebe. I like the angle that you captured the Grebe at plus the water splashing up from the fish.
TFS Janice

Hello Sebnem.
Wonderful action capture/timing. Excellent work under these conditions/ISO 800, with great detail, exposure, and natural color..
Have a great week as well :)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-09 4:01]

Hi Sebnem

Nice to see you back and posting and Happy 2007 to you, too!
This is a terrific capture!
The timing here is impeccable: not only you managed to catch the bird with a big fish in ti's beak, but you also have that fantastic splesh of the fish's tale there, so well visible!
Great work!
I also like the natural colors and the excellent sharpness of the derails, the POV and the DOF.
Very well done!
Bravo and TFS

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-09 5:18]
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Hi Şebnem

Quick bird + slow fish = great posting from you. Obviously the little fish was not going without a wee bit of struggle as is evident by the splash it created.

The shortcomings in the technical aspects of this photo are by far outweighed by the rare action you have captured here. You also had to overcome difficult circumstances and after all you did really well.

Good work and TFS.

bonsoir Sebnem
magnifique capture,

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2007-01-09 11:42]

hi Sebnem, what a wonderful moment, not for the fish ofcourse. ;-((
but this is nature and you did exceletn shot with useful notice.

bonjour sebnem
je vois que la lumiere manquait mais vous avez reussi un bon cliché compte tenu de cela.

Hllo Sebnem
Very nice shot! I like the water splashing beside the grebe. You were lucky on that rainy day!
Best regards,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-09 14:27]

selam sebnem
bahsettigin isik kosullarinda ve kompozisyonun zorlugu itibariyle oldukca iyi is cikarmissin. zamanlama, bakis acisi, derinlik hissi ve detaylar harika
eline saglik

"Rain or no rain, gotta work to keep body and soul together, guys!"
I would balloon this blurb up from this grebe's beak, Sebnem. There is a touching story there in this situational image.
I can "feel" the flash of time between the 'moment to kill' and the 'moment to eat' in that momentous explosion of water that you have frozen into eternity in this great image.
This is where your genius as a photographer becomes more than manifest.
It is a powerful image, Sebnem. Hats off to you!

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-01-10 5:51]

Mükemmel zamanlama, elinize sağlık, ender bir kare.

Merhaba Şebnem,
Kompozisyon harika,kuru dallardaki su damlacıkları ve sudaki sıçramalar çok hoş,
Zamanlama ve renkler de başarılı,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-01-10 12:19]

Hello Sebnem !
Must have been great to watch this bird fishing, no matter the rain ! Thanks for sharing this moment with us ! I love the splash of water on the fishs' tail. Very well done !

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-10 12:35]

Merhaba Sebnem,
You've worked hard to wish us a happy new year under rain and low light! Excellent action shot for such a condition.
Have a good year too!
TFS, José M.

Hi, Sebnem.
In such conditions is impossible to get high quality. But the moment itself is certainly very exciting. Nice splash also. Happy New Year!

A lovely capture.
Very sharp.
Excellent clarity.
Well composed & presented.
Best regards,

Nice wildlife capture, well taken indeed!


bravo, super quoi dire de plus, cette photo est magnifique, bonne capture au bon moment

Hello Sebnem,
It's a very interesting picture because of the subject. The fish looks huge comparing to the bird. Shame about the conditions because the picture quality is quite poor. Still you managed to get some details here.

awesome catch for you too!! neat! Love the shot. TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comments and smilie on my photo "Riding it out " :o)

Merhaba Şebnem,
Harika yakalamışsın..Mükemmel çekmişsin .Eline sağlık.

Belle photo d'une belle peche,le poisson est bien net, l' eau qui eclabousse montre bien l' endroit ou il l' a attrappe. Amitiés Thomas Et bonne et heureuse annee a vous et a votre famille,chats y compris

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-13 16:06]

Que oportuno disparo, la captura del ave muy oportuna,y los detalles originales...
saludos Sebnem

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-14 5:00]

Considering the conditions you were shooting this picture and considering the not too fast shutterspeed and the very high ISO speed of 800, I think you did very well Sebnem. I have only one nit and that's the fact that the eyes are too dark and lifeless. Other than that this is a very nice photo. TFS!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-15 15:34]

You did a lot better than I would have done underf those conditions. Lovely action shot.



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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2007-01-16 18:31]

Hello Sebnem,
Lots of dark and wet windy days here,I've not been out with the camera for a long time :-(
This is a very good capture,you've done very well considering the conditions.
Nice detail and I particulary like the water splash you've captured.
Good work,TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-18 4:45]

Hello Sebnem,
This picture is specially interesting, because you suceeded to catch a very vivid moment, by showing us even the splash in the water from the fish. The picture is excellent, although the bad weather conditions.I always appreciate a lot stories out of nature.
Best regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-18 20:51]

Hello Sebnem

An amazing capture.Great timing.The splash really adds some life and action to this shot.Very good POV.Nicely composed with excellent and informative notes.TFS


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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2007-01-21 11:50]

merhaba Şebnem,

yakalanmış nefis bir görüntü....

kompozisyon harika...

ellerine sağlık...

An amazing scene with the fish! Although the conditions is not good for taking a photo, you made a great work still!

incedible shot well done

What a lucky catch indeed.

Yine mükemmel bir bakış açısından, muhteşem bir an. Teşekkürler.

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