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Jul 30, 2010 12:54 |  #1

I went to photograph the Great Crested Grebes that reside not far from where I live. I spot one, get off my bike, park it and as I approach the water I see three chicks hurrying home to mummy. What a nice surprise that was! Now normally these Grebes are very skittish and therefore hard to photograph: the moment they see you coming, they turn and run. This time was no different. Or so I thought, because she did not leave the spot and only went to the other side of the canal. So I sat down, took shots and waited, and after some time, she got used to me being there and relaxed. In the end she came so close to me that I had to adjust the settings on my lens so that it would focus close by as well! And then, in that very spot, she went to sleep.

I was beside myself there and had a ball. I came home with a card full of the most amazing images. I mean, even without the babies being there, it would have been amazing! The light played tricks on me and constantly changed. The nice thing about that is that I have similar shots that are very different because of the light. Also, the colours of the cars on the other side of the canal sometimes coloured the water beautifully and gave it a special feel. I have a very special series of those that I will post in a separate thread later.

In short, I had a card full and I will post more of this family in the upcoming week (so many images to get ready for the Web - and I really, really HATE doing it!). In the mean time I hope you like them as much as I do.

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Part II: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=910644
Part III: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=911202

1. Mrs. Grebe sees me coming and takes off, calling the babies home...

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2. Plenty of room back there...

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3. A curious little fellow...

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4. Beginning to relax with me being there...

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5. Still, nice and safe with mummy...

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6. Taking the front seat...

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7. In the mean time dad is working hard to bring home the goodies...

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8. Down the hatch...

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Jul 30, 2010 12:58 |  #2

That is FANTASTIC Levina! The photos are top notch, and the interplay between mom, babies, and even dad are wonderous!

Just an outstanding series and a great job done with these!


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Jul 30, 2010 13:37 |  #3

What a nice series! I love the way the little ones climb on Mom's back for a ride.


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Jul 30, 2010 13:41 |  #4

Fantastic it is.


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Jul 30, 2010 13:56 |  #5

Fantastic shots Levina.....they're all gorgeous, 2 thumbs up on these.


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Jul 30, 2010 14:04 as a reply to  @ Shar824's post |  #6

Spectacular series and situation there, Levina! Very nicely done.


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Jul 30, 2010 15:28 |  #7

These are just great Levina and something I would love the opportunity to see. That must have been a blast to catch them. I'm looking forward to see the rest.


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Jul 30, 2010 16:22 |  #8

Thank you very much Phil, Betty, Val, Sharon, Eric and Mike for the kind comments and generous compliments. It's greatly appreciated!


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Jul 30, 2010 19:36 |  #9

Marvelous images Levina, they are absolutely stunning compositions... I love them all and can't pick a favorite :) wonderful work.

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Jul 30, 2010 20:33 as a reply to  @ dbriz's post |  #10

Excellent set Levina!!! Hard to pick a favorite. The babies are so cute!!!


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Jul 30, 2010 23:19 as a reply to  @ In2Photos's post |  #11

Superb set Levina, plenty of wall hangers there. Great story too, I could almost feel your joy and excitement.
There's something about grebes. I've seen several types up here and they always seem to look extra 'loving' to each other and their young, especially when they feed and teach the young to eat. Quite touching it is.


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Jul 30, 2010 23:36 |  #12

Such precious moments you captured Levina. Love these images, can't wait to see more! That lens is in good hands!


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Jul 31, 2010 03:46 |  #13

Thank you, Dave. I'm so glad you like them!

Thank you, Mike. Yes, I agree, those babies are very cute!

Thanks very much, Ray. You're very kind. You're right about grebes seeming loving to each other and their young, but I find that to be true for coots as well. They're such aggressive birds, coots, but when they are caring for their young they're a totally different bird. Touching indeed!

Thank you, Steve. I think they were precious moments. These birds are normally so difficult to photograph. I had managed only a few shots where you could actually see their face. And now they sort of let me into their lives! Very special indeed.

I am processing more right now and will upload a part II of this within the next couple of days. In the mean time I'm really pleased that you all like them.


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Jul 31, 2010 03:49 |  #14

Wow, these are fantastic shots Levina. The babies look a lot like our Pied Billed Grebes here, but the adults are way different.


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Jul 31, 2010 03:53 |  #15

Thanks Mitch! This was the first time I saw their babies and was surprised they look like this. Very pretty little things.


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