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Post Coital position

By ringyneck  
Great Crested Grebes keep their distance,especially when they spy an Olympus after them.Except that is when "other things" are on their minds.
I had a walk around a local lake yesterday and almost at the end I saw a Grebe bow down with bill pointed along the water (picture 2).
Poblem was I had to take up a position shooting through Holly and a Hawthorn bushes,but I suppose they did not see me there.
At first I thought the grebe was hunting a fish but She was in fact offering herself to the male.The main shot was after their "act" and a display of head shaking.
I have kept "The Act" shot for another day.
Earlier this year I posted Grebes displaying but these are better quality as the light at this time of year is better. Short of getting really close I think the Olympus with kit lens is at the limit on this.
This seems late in the year for mating so it must just be pair bonding...or fun!
Please see LARGE + F 11.

Shot on sport mode,hand held @ f5, 1/640, iso 100 and 150mm focal length.

Tags: Birds General Close-up and macro Grebes Wildlife and nature Posturing Position

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lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
21 Jun 2008 10:53AM
Good pair of images
Footsore 13 9 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 11:02AM
Good result. like 1 the best.
Shroomer 14 14 167 England
21 Jun 2008 11:12AM
2 wonderful captures
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
21 Jun 2008 11:14AM
2 great shots, love them both, well seen and captured.

21 Jun 2008 12:18PM
Nice images, well produced.
dawnmichelle 13 12 United States
21 Jun 2008 12:19PM
wonderful shots..Smile
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
21 Jun 2008 2:00PM
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.6k 2375 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 2:47PM
All this and the promise of avian porn still to come!? Love both of these, it's horribly anthropomorphic but they demand captions....
21 Jun 2008 2:53PM
These are beautiful Birds well seen and composed

Nikki !
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 2:55PM
Thanks everyone....
"anthropomorphic"..... Moira, I have just put the Oxford paperback down and can say there is no need for any of that in the shot I took after the above one....she was left on the spot while he buggered off !!!!
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.6k 2375 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 3:09PM

Quote:she was left on the spot while he buggered off !!!!

The story of women's lives the world over, Keith...
RubberBullets 19 1 6 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 3:21PM
2 lovely shots.

LuzDeNoche 12 2 France
21 Jun 2008 3:25PM

Quote:she was left on the spot while he buggered off !!!!

No rolling over and snoring then?
Smile Lucy
Stace Plus
12 2 2 England
21 Jun 2008 3:32PM
2 superb images Stace
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 3:49PM
"No rolling over and snoring then "............No I think he was off to get the fags!

I detect a hint of female social comment that MUST STOP NOW !....We are NOT machines!!!!

gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
21 Jun 2008 4:21PM
In one it looks like he is saying don't look now but I think he's going to take our photo, and in 2 he's saying duck down and he might not notice us.

Jokes aside two great images. - gary
buxton 13 England
21 Jun 2008 5:26PM
Lovely captures.
21 Jun 2008 6:03PM
Two great shots and great commentary. JNC
Gezina 14 3 6 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 6:43PM
The commentry is almost as entertaining as the shots - well seen and captured. Ina
dmhuynh72 13 44 3 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 7:17PM
excellent captured, both are great
bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 7:50PM
2 superb captures.. well seen and caught
21 Jun 2008 8:11PM
Great Pics,Beautiful colours and detail,David
newy17 15 273 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 8:37PM
Two nicely captured images keith,
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
21 Jun 2008 10:56PM
Wonderful moment in nature. Lovely shot.
abtuie 16 7
21 Jun 2008 11:24PM
Good grief are these two still at it!! Two excellent images, by the way.

Ray42 12 3 England
22 Jun 2008 8:40AM
Two great images - unlike mine nice and sharp but then mine were 150 yards away - Envious Ray
sandrish 17 36 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2008 9:36AM
Excellent shot both of them.

22 Jun 2008 7:04PM
Lovely captures of these stunning birds!
franfoto 13 2 32 England
23 Jun 2008 8:24PM
Interesting shots, left me feeling quite voyeuristic, ain't nature just brilliant?
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
23 Jun 2008 9:54PM
Two wonderful nature shots, they only have eyes for each other and are totally oblivious to your camera

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