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Dancing Grebes

By Ade_Osman    
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

Tags: Birds General Avies Great crested grebes Wildlife and nature Sports and action

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Trev_B Plus
9 146 68 England
13 Mar 2012 8:15AM
Well done Ade a delightful set considering the conditions. V2 for me.

Trev

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KBan Plus
10 486 4 England
13 Mar 2012 8:16AM
Great set Ade
keith
rontear Plus
12 8 7 England
13 Mar 2012 8:17AM
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.
13 Mar 2012 8:17AM
Well done. What a pleasure to see
Jenni
CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
13 Mar 2012 8:23AM
A super set, Ade, and you can't blame them for V.4, they wanted a little privacyWink Carol
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
13 Mar 2012 8:34AM
Excellent set, lovely timing and humour - duck reportage at it's best. v2 is a beauty.

Dave
alansnap Plus
12 570 25 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 8:35AM
A fabulous series of images Ade. Like Ron I'm jealous.
Alan
Brian65 6 2 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 8:35AM
What a fantastic set here Adrian, over 18s for V4 i reckonSmileSmileSmileTongue
Brian
Richsr Plus
8 90 219 England
13 Mar 2012 8:59AM
Great set of images here Adrian, the colours and details are wonderful
Regards Richard
13 Mar 2012 9:04AM
Hi Ade youve excelled here superb gray
czech 4 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 9:13AM
Excellent set, particularly considering the circumstances under which you were operating
13 Mar 2012 9:28AM
A simply wonderful set Ade.

Len
Briwooly 10 452 5 England
13 Mar 2012 9:31AM
Excellent series of shots Ade V1 is classic

Brian.............
Alvar 9 23 2 France
13 Mar 2012 9:56AM
Great set Ade V1 for meSmile
Alvar
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
13 Mar 2012 9:57AM
You did not get what you were after but this is some consolation prize. - gary
skewey 9 31 England
13 Mar 2012 9:58AM
A great series Ade.


Paul
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
13 Mar 2012 10:37AM
Great set of shots, Ade.
Ronnie.
franken Plus
13 3.8k 4 Wales
13 Mar 2012 11:12AM
Wonderful set here. I'm torn between version 1 & 2 as the one I prefer the best.

Ken
Joline Plus
9 27 52 United States
13 Mar 2012 11:23AM
A fantastic record of this ritual. V1 is especially nice.
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
13 Mar 2012 11:25AM
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.
13 Mar 2012 11:38AM
A delightful set. Well captured.
(I haven't been over there since last month. Time to go again SmileSmileSmile)
achieverswales 5 8 101 Wales
13 Mar 2012 11:52AM
Excellent set Ade.

Regards

Trev.
TonyDy Plus
7 4 2 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 11:56AM
Very good set, Ade, well captured.
Tony
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 12:41PM
Great set of images Ade. Very envious indeed.

Regards Nathan
13 Mar 2012 2:11PM
Well captured. Great timing.............Sandy
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
13 Mar 2012 3:26PM
Been looking for this shot ( unsuccessfully !!!! ) for ages Ade. Beautiful.
Ron
13 Mar 2012 5:34PM
Still a good set to have,
kev.
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
13 Mar 2012 5:38PM
A cracking set of images of this courting couple, it looks like they've spotted you in v2!
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 6:27PM
Excellent set Ade
Jason
mattw 12 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 6:38PM
Lovely composition Ade, although it does not look as though the light was kind to you. V3 would be my pick.
tomcat Plus
10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 6:39PM
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
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 7:19PM
V3 has to be my favourite, the courting dance of the grebe is one of the most attractive when it comes to birds
13 Mar 2012 7:20PM
Excellent series of images Ade and perfect timing. Great work Smile

Heath
13 Mar 2012 8:21PM
Stunning series of captures!
Sam.
johnjo58 5 2 5 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 8:22PM
Great series Ade in trying conditions. Still a spectacle I am yet to capture

David
13 Mar 2012 8:35PM
great set of images
13 Mar 2012 8:57PM
Great series Ade, well worth posting.
Vanda
14 Mar 2012 7:42PM
A wonderful set of captures.

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

Jane
Lillian Plus
6 21 16 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2012 9:55PM
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
ianrobinson Plus
6 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 10:11PM
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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