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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 12 151 68 England
13 Mar 2012 8:15AM
Well done Ade a delightful set considering the conditions. V2 for me.


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KBan 14 512 4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 8:16AM
Great set Ade
rontear Plus
16 19 8 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.
13 Mar 2012 8:17AM
Well done. What a pleasure to see
CarolG 12 199 20 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
Jasper87 Plus
9 2.3k 157 England
13 Mar 2012 8:34AM
Excellent set, lovely timing and humour - duck reportage at it's best. v2 is a beauty.

alansnap 15 577 26 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 8:35AM
A fabulous series of images Ade. Like Ron I'm jealous.
Brian65 10 2 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 8:35AM
What a fantastic set here Adrian, over 18s for V4 i reckonSmileSmileSmileTongue
Richsr 12 91 223 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 8 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.

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

Alvar 12 23 2 France
13 Mar 2012 9:56AM
Great set Ade V1 for meSmile
gary_d 11 576 13 Wales
13 Mar 2012 9:57AM
You did not get what you were after but this is some consolation prize. - gary
skewey 13 31 England
13 Mar 2012 9:58AM
A great series Ade.

RonnieAG Plus
9 154 118 Scotland
13 Mar 2012 10:37AM
Great set of shots, Ade.
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 11:12AM
Wonderful set here. I'm torn between version 1 & 2 as the one I prefer the best.

Joline Plus
13 30 54 United States
13 Mar 2012 11:23AM
A fantastic record of this ritual. V1 is especially nice.
FeatherFriend 11 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,
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 9 8 101 Wales
13 Mar 2012 11:52AM
Excellent set Ade.


TonyDy Plus
10 52 3 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 11:56AM
Very good set, Ade, well captured.
9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 12:41PM
Great set of images Ade. Very envious indeed.

Regards Nathan
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
13 Mar 2012 2:11PM
Well captured. Great timing.............Sandy
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
13 Mar 2012 3:26PM
Been looking for this shot ( unsuccessfully !!!! ) for ages Ade. Beautiful.
13 Mar 2012 5:34PM
Still a good set to have,
Glostopcat 13 255 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
9 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 6:27PM
Excellent set Ade
mattw 15 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 14 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?

pluckyfilly 13 351 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
Mendipman 8 3 England
13 Mar 2012 7:20PM
Excellent series of images Ade and perfect timing. Great work Smile

13 Mar 2012 8:21PM
Stunning series of captures!
johnjo58 9 2 5 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 8:22PM
Great series Ade in trying conditions. Still a spectacle I am yet to capture

Karen_Summers 10 8 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 8:35PM
great set of images
vandalp 11
13 Mar 2012 8:57PM
Great series Ade, well worth posting.
Philip_H 7 12 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2012 7:42PM
A wonderful set of captures.

Snapitt 10
14 Mar 2012 8:58PM
Four really delightful images Ade. I love seeing these Grebes in courting action. It's fascinating to watch them. Great capture!

Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2012 9:55PM
What a great set Ade, so that is what is going on at the out the 'kids' will be there next!
Really good images
ianrobinson 9 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.


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