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By KingArthur
Last time out by the coast, I did spot this Black-Necked Grebe floating around at the opposite end of the creek. Very wary of my presence, despite my stealthy stalk, the Grebe kept diving for long stretches only to surface further and further away. Rather frustrating when you are carrying quite a load with a couple of big guns dangling down your neck.

At one point it did start to pitter patter along the surface picking up speed as it went, Joe finally being called into action ..... in such situations, its always good to have your camera settings dialed-in in advance of course. The Grebe's rather lengthy take off aided me in capturing 3 good bursts before it flew off into the late evening sky. I picked this shot from the initial burst which shows the splashes as the Grebe picks up speed with good wing movement. Viewing large should get you in closer to the action ..... enjoy!

I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a bright, healthy (Covid-free) New Year to you and your dear ones,

Joe Smile

Tags: General Take-off Wildlife and nature Birds wildlife nature Acceleration Black-necked grebe Into the air Nikon D500 KingArthur Birds in action Nikkor 200-500mm

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IamDora 1 6 Canada
19 Dec 2020 6:58PM
A hop, skip and a jump.
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2020 7:07PM
Great photography, well seen and well-timed.
Isabel GrinGrin
Always amazes me how they manage to take off ...great capture

19 Dec 2020 9:08PM
Well taken Joe, cracking image.
Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Stay very safe out there.

gconant Plus
10 32 1 United States
19 Dec 2020 9:30PM
A great image Joe !!
It comes to life viewed large.

dales Plus
6 13 Australia
19 Dec 2020 10:26PM
Love these sort of shots and you have captured this one superbly.
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2020 12:14PM
Excellent Joe glad to make it 30.SmileSmileSmile

Jukka Plus
10 1 Finland
20 Dec 2020 1:38PM
Excellent timing , Joe! SmileSmileSmile

capto Plus
9 6.9k 26 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2020 5:59PM
A well caught take off.Smile
21 Dec 2020 9:33AM
Great action image Joe
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2020 2:22PM
PS: Happy (safe) Christmas and let's hope for a better New Year... Isabel GrinGrin
24 Dec 2020 5:12PM
Stunning action capture, Joe.
Happy Christmas.Smile
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
26 Dec 2020 4:52PM
Fine capture Arthur.
28 Dec 2020 10:31PM
Seasons greetings to you as well Joe ....I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas time
cheers walt

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