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Bathing Grebe

Bathing Grebe
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-12 10:04
Viewed: 4111
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Great Crested Grebe
Podiceps cristatus

I took this shot on a very dull day in August last year. This Grebe was busy having a bath and shaking out his wings. I was surprised that it came out at all as I had a relatively slow shutter speed.

An elegant waterbird with ornate head plumes which led to its being hunted for its feathers, almost leading to its extermination from the UK. They dive to feed and also to escape, preferring this to flying. On land they are clumsy because their feet are placed so far back on their bodies.

Very young Grebes often ride on their parents' backs.
Courting pairs have elaborate courtship displays. They make synchronised dives and emerge holding water weed. They follow this up with a short 'weed-dance' where they face each other and rise out of the water together.

Mostly resid in lowland lakes, gravel pits, reservoirs and rivers. Also found along coasts in winter.

Mainly fish and Crayfish


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-12 10:06]

Hi Debohra,

This is an impressive photo. Its good to see this grebe spreading out its wings.
Fantastic pose.


Hello Deborah,
Well composed. Good POV,...
Shutter speed is a bit at the limit...
Well done

Hi debohra
very good shot
unfortunately the head isnt in focus
but the other is perfect well focused nice colours and very good timing
tfs Toba

Hi Deborah,
Beautiful shot of this Grebe. Super pose and well lit amongst the dark emerald water. Fine detail and nicely composed. Good work.
TFS, Richard

Hello Deb,
very nice picture,
the grebe stand out very well, excellent focus and colours,
lovely composition,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-12 12:26]

Hi Debz

Beautiful shot! I love the pose, the frozen action and the light. Lovely composition as well. Great work



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-12 12:39]

Hi Debz good to see you posting hope you are ok. A nice colourful shot ofthe Grebe. good timingto get the wings open . fine detail and colours. well done TFS. good notes too.

hi deborah
a very good picture
bravo in french

composition , color , contrast and focus!!!
well done
aleks ;-)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-12 14:08]

Hi Deborah

Outstanding pose - well seen and captured.


Hello Debz,
Very delighted to see your beautiful posting once again, How are you!
the exposure and focus on this shot is very impressive and beautiful!
good sharpness, vivid colour and details and the subject really stands out from the dark bg!
a pleasing presentation to share
best regards

hello Deborah

superb shot with the excellent POV and framing of the image,
excellent light on the subject, excellent sharpness of the
right wing and the blur left wing shows the motion of the image, TFS


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-12 18:37]

Wow Deborah, what majesty here, it is a superb bird! How you captured its fiery side, it's almost a phoenix but coming out from water, not ashes. I am impressed by how you managed the dof here, so precise and exact. Everything is blurred but the bird in all its glory. Chapeau!


Hats off to ya for posting this one anyway Deb..
The comp, POV, pose, and color looks great :)

Hi Dewborah,
quelle beua POV, l'oiseau qui décole onle croirait retenu à l'eau par le poids de l'eau sur ses ailes, le reflet dans l'eau est aussi très beau.

Hi Deborrah,
Welcome back, I hope you are feeling much better now. I have kept an eye out for your photo's hoping to see a new one to say you were OK.
I like this Gr Crested Grebe as the colours are stunning and the pose is super.
Best wishes,

Amazing timing with the wings like that.That is very good detail and light for what you call a dull day. Impressive colourings.
Best to you for the weekend Deborah.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-28 12:13]

hello Deborah
good capture of this beautiful bird while its bathing
i like dynamic composition, point of view, lighting, colours, reflections and note
thanks for sharing

Jolie attitude, bon réflexe.
Bonne journée.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-17 19:28]

Hello Deborah

A lovely pose captured.It displays the beautiful plumage details well.
The markings are easily seen ,and the low POV is very well done.
Very good lighting and colours.
The reflections on the water are quite a nice accent to the shot.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2008-05-16 3:57]

Hi Debz,
This is excellent, great detail considering the low shutter speed, just a little movement in the head. Very good exposure, whites and shadows very well managed. It's nice to see a Grebe like this, most images show them semi-submerged. What I find a little strange is that the water looks blurred throughout, yet the bird is in the same focal plane and has detail. Can't explain that one!
Best regards,

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