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Well despite spending most of the day down on the Somerset Levels yesterday, I didn't get the species I was after.....As a consolation though, we did come across a pair of Great Crested Grebes dancing and mating, which was kinda cool as up to yesterday, all I've ever recorded was single specimens of these very beautiful birds. However, they were very much in the distance and the weather was very cloudy, so I had to use ISO800 and a 1.4 tele-converter on the 500mm lens to get these images. This mean't using manual focus so if the images seem a little soft and noisy, that's why. Still thought them worth posting all the same though, version 4 shows the actual mating taking place in amongst the reed bed, something that's over in a matter of seconds and although it's not very clear with reeds obscuring the act somewhat, it was still something I've never seen before and felt privileged to have witnessed it first hand.

Many thanks BTW the way to Bri Curtis and Matt Berry's User Awards on my Little Jewel image and to Pete for the Highly Commended award, cheers guys!

Hope you all enjoy this little series of reportage images, thanks for stopping by, I'm hoping to have some free time this afternoon to catch up on what everyone's been doing.........Ade

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Sigma EX DG APO HSM 50-500mm plus Sigma x1.4 converter
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:12 Mar 2012 - 1:14 PM
Focal Length:700mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Dancing Grebes
Username:Ade_Osman Ade_Osman
Uploaded:13 Mar 2012 - 8:10 AM
Tags:Avies, Birds, General, Great crested grebes, Sports / action, Wildlife / nature
Votes:76
Variant - ReportVariant - Report

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 8:15 AM

Well done Ade a delightful set considering the conditions. V2 for me.

Trev

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KBan
KBan  9457 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 8:16 AM

Great set Ade
keith

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rontear
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13 Mar 2012 - 8:17 AM

Superb set of images Ade, V3 is a beauty. You have done extremely well, this is something I have wanted to witness ( but work gets in the way Sad ) Envious.
Ron.

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jennialexander
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13 Mar 2012 - 8:17 AM

Well done. What a pleasure to see
Jenni

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 8:23 AM

A super set, Ade, and you can't blame them for V.4, they wanted a little privacyWink Carol

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41054 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 8:34 AM

Excellent set, lovely timing and humour - duck reportage at it's best. v2 is a beauty.

Dave

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alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10529 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 8:35 AM

A fabulous series of images Ade. Like Ron I'm jealous.
Alan

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Brian65
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13 Mar 2012 - 8:35 AM

What a fantastic set here Adrian, over 18s for V4 i reckonSmileSmileSmileTongue
Brian

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 8:59 AM

Great set of images here Adrian, the colours and details are wonderful
Regards Richard

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
13 Mar 2012 - 9:04 AM

Hi Ade youve excelled here superb gray

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czech
czech  3 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 - 9:13 AM

Excellent set, particularly considering the circumstances under which you were operating

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
13 Mar 2012 - 9:28 AM

A simply wonderful set Ade.

Len

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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 9:31 AM

Excellent series of shots Ade V1 is classic

Brian.............

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 9:56 AM

Great set Ade V1 for meSmile
Alvar

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6534 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 9:57 AM

You did not get what you were after but this is some consolation prize. - gary

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skewey
skewey  831 forum posts England
13 Mar 2012 - 9:58 AM

A great series Ade.


Paul

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RonnieAG
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13 Mar 2012 - 10:37 AM

Great set of shots, Ade.
Ronnie.

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franken
franken e2 Member 123133 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 11:12 AM

Wonderful set here. I'm torn between version 1 & 2 as the one I prefer the best.

Ken

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Joline
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13 Mar 2012 - 11:23 AM

A fantastic record of this ritual. V1 is especially nice.

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 626 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 11:25 AM

Good set Ade, I spent most of Sunday afternoon trying for these and all I got was the male and he was asleep with his head tucked under his wing.........lazy beggar Wink
Congrats on the awards for Little Jewel,
Geoff.

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 - 11:38 AM

A delightful set. Well captured.
(I haven't been over there since last month. Time to go again SmileSmileSmile)

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achieverswales
13 Mar 2012 - 11:52 AM

Excellent set Ade.

Regards

Trev.

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TonyDy
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13 Mar 2012 - 11:56 AM

Very good set, Ade, well captured.
Tony

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NDODS
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13 Mar 2012 - 12:41 PM

Great set of images Ade. Very envious indeed.

Regards Nathan

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Daisymaye
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13 Mar 2012 - 2:11 PM

Well captured. Great timing.............Sandy

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Maiwand
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13 Mar 2012 - 3:26 PM

Been looking for this shot ( unsuccessfully !!!! ) for ages Ade. Beautiful.
Ron

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Goodley
Goodley  4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 - 5:34 PM

Still a good set to have,
kev.

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Glostopcat
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13 Mar 2012 - 5:38 PM

A cracking set of images of this courting couple, it looks like they've spotted you in v2!

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jasonrwl
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13 Mar 2012 - 6:27 PM

Excellent set Ade
Jason

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mattw
mattw  105189 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 6:38 PM

Lovely composition Ade, although it does not look as though the light was kind to you. V3 would be my pick.

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tomcat
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13 Mar 2012 - 6:39 PM

What tad of softness there is, adds to the romantic side of the image.

Bet you were/are pleased as punch, as I was to see the Tree sparrows again.
I wonder if there is another member, who has them regularly in the garden?

Adrian

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 7:19 PM

V3 has to be my favourite, the courting dance of the grebe is one of the most attractive when it comes to birds

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HeathMcDonald
13 Mar 2012 - 7:20 PM

Excellent series of images Ade and perfect timing. Great work Smile

Heath

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Samuel_Aron
13 Mar 2012 - 8:21 PM

Stunning series of captures!
Sam.

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johnjo58
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13 Mar 2012 - 8:22 PM

Great series Ade in trying conditions. Still a spectacle I am yet to capture

David

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Karen_Summers
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13 Mar 2012 - 8:35 PM

great set of images

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vandalp
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13 Mar 2012 - 8:57 PM

Great series Ade, well worth posting.
Vanda

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2012 - 7:42 PM

A wonderful set of captures.

P.

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Snapitt
Snapitt e2 Member 5Snapitt vcard
14 Mar 2012 - 8:58 PM

Four really delightful images Ade. I love seeing these Grebes in courting action. It's fascinating to watch them. Great capture!

Jane

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2012 - 9:55 PM

What a great set Ade, so that is what is going on at the moment...watch out the 'kids' will be there next!
Really good images
Lillian

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19 Mar 2012 - 10:11 PM

A superb series and very sharp.
When i saw the first image i ahd to look closely as it looked like you had done a mirror image in photoshop but after a while i realised these were 2 birds not one.


Ian

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