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Crested Grebe Exhibiting Mirroring Behaviour

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Our first trip to Moors Valley Country Park in 2013 today, mainly to see the British Wildlife Exhibition (some cracking work there) but also to see if the Grebe had started performing yet.

As it was they were just starting to show a bit of "Mirroring" but weren't into their Dance Routine. They were, as usual, on the far side of the main lake (50- 100+ yds away at a guess) but at least the Tamron 500 gave me the chance to pull a bit of detail (these are still heavily cropped down to around 30% of the original frame)

Must go back next time the weather improves to see if they are any further on (I feel a bit like a "Voyeur" sometimes Grin )

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens:Tamron sp500 mirror lens Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Mar 2013 - 12:52 PM
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:-0.3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:On, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Crested Grebe Exhibiting Mirroring Behaviour
Username:brian1208 brian1208
Uploaded:5 Mar 2013 - 5:08 PM
Tags:Feb 2013, Grebes, Moors valley, Tamron SP 500, Wildlife / nature
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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2013 - 5:31 PM

V2 is so cute, looks like they are courting

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110290 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2013 - 5:40 PM

thanks Colleen, that is of course what they ar doing.

Its the early stages of the courtship process which ends with an amazing "dance routine" which is what I want to capture (seen it several times but always at great distance)

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brian1208 e2 Member 1110290 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2013 - 5:59 PM

I've added a couple more I've just processed as versions, a bit closer (30+ yards?) but the light was not so good (shooting toward instead of away from)

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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 2christinecilia vcard England
5 Mar 2013 - 6:22 PM

lovely capture love when they do this dance. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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