Friday, 12 December 2014

Little Grebe

The Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) not known for parading in front of the cameras, usually will hide when approached. If you are exceedingly fortunate it may just hide behind something in the water (like below) where it thinks it can't be seen......


.....As soon as it thinks you are not going away it will dive and if your fortunate you will catch the tail end.




This week I was really fortunate as this one below was either very bold or had consumed far to much Christmas spirit. Although it was the other side of a small river, it didn't bother much about me being the other side clicking away with the camera.



This distant shot below was taken from a bridge on a different day.



24 comments:

  1. HI Roy I know just what you mean. you did well and I especially like the 5th one

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  2. Toch vind ik die eerste foto juist mooi zo achter die tak de serie is zo wie zo heel mooi om te zien.

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  3. Félicitation Roy pour cette série du Grèbe castagneux, il nous fait tous craquer !!!
    Bravo.
    Kiss

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  4. I don't know how they dive, to be honest, they are so bouyant, bobbing on the water like a crazy little cork

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  5. Little grebes always seem to look as though they are in the unkempt stage of molt! Cute anyway! Great pics.

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  6. You were lucky there Roy, you must have found the only 'tame' one out there?...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, yes I think he was.{:))

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  7. You managed to get him very well Roy. Nice details and behaviour! Have a nice weekend,
    Marianne

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  8. Very impressed!! I know only too well how often they dive when you've a camera in hand - less so with binocs of course. Great shots!

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  9. Thanks Mandy, yes I think they can tell the difference.{:))

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  10. These are great, it is a pretty little bird. I like that last shot showing its legs outstretched and your header shot is fantastic Roy.

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  11. They are so cute that little grebe:-)

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  12. Very nice captures Roy. I never managed to get a decent shot of this lovely challenging little diver.
    Best regards,
    Sjerp

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    1. Thanks Sjerp. They don't often present themselves like this.

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