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
Great crested grebes
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