Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Great Crested Grebes

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After the wordy previous post, I’ll keep them to a minimum this time.
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To set the scene first; two pairs of Great Crested Grebes.
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Beautiful, majestic birds. So elegant with their head dresses, so loving with their mating ritual.
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There’s always a ‘but’ though.
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And I thought Coots could fight.
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For some reason, one pair of these Grebes got in a scrap with another pair. I couldn’t see any nest sight anywhere, so what the fight was about I’ve no idea. The victors eventually chased off the other pair, only for them to regroup, and then come back for another go. Three times this went on, till eventually one pair ‘left’. I am astonished one or more didn’t die in the lengthy, vicious battle.
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Here’s just a few of the pictures I took, and a short video at the end.
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and the short video.
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Surprisingly they both lived to fight another day……….…or just learn to live with each other.
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Hope your day is a little less frantic.
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33 comments:

  1. Yikes! It is a wonder that one poor bird wasn't drowned. It is a amazing how vicious birds can be.

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  2. Wow .... what a fight and what great pics you could make of it !! Impressive video too !
    Shows us that in nature not everything is always calm !
    Have a great day

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  3. Kerry, I was surprised it didn't drown as well. A vicious encounter.

    Pescalune, thank you. I was surprised just how relentless the fighting was.

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  4. Whoa....those fellows mean business. What a fight--and great documentation of it. The photos are gorgeous...

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  5. Great shots Keith. the first and the third are realy special IMO.

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  6. WoW what awesome but intent pictures and video. I am surprised, too that one did not survive. They must have been fighting over territory. So intense, I held my breathe for the grebe underwater.

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  7. Amazing shots Keith. Yes I have seen them do that and they are very nasty towards each other. I guess you wouldn't want to get in the way of those pointed beaks, they are like fencing with those pointy swords "Foils" and "Epees" and all that.

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  8. Phew.. those are some awesome action shots!!
    Have a great day...

    Regards,
    Angad

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  9. Interestig action photos about a real battle.

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  10. Thanks Kelly. It was amazing to watch all the drama.

    Dev, thank you. Appreciate your comment.

    Thanks Dar. I was surprised how they kept coming back for more.

    Thanks Roy. Yea, they really meant business there. First time I’ve ever seen that.

    Angad, thank you for your comment.

    Kozma, thank you. :)

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  11. Keith, I didn't know that they should fight, they look so placid. Even they don't know what their beaks can do.

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  12. Great shots. We see this type of fighting here as well but I have never been in the right place at the right time WITH a camera.

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  13. Great photography Keith, They sure meant business.

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  14. That amazing. You always manage to witness and capture such drama. Fantastic!

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  15. Awesome action my friend. It was great catching up with all your posts !

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  16. WOW thats we call a Knock Down Drag Out---great action shots there Keith...I have been so busy getting ready for a road trip Ive hardly had time to visit. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  17. Thanks Bob. Really surprised me just how ferocious the fighting was.

    Dale, thanks for your comment. Yea, I was definitely in the right place at the right time.

    Thanks Keith. Yea, neither pair were backing down.

    Thank you Hilary. Lucky, I think. :)

    Cheers Nick :)

    Thanks Dixxe. Hope your trip goes well. :)

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  18. Fantastic series, Keith.
    Fighting grebes are even better than their courtship dance ... photographically speaking. I think I will reconsider my photographic goal, which was to capture the grebe's courtship dance. My new goal is to photograph fighting grebes ;)

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  19. Thank you Andor. Their courtship is well worth capturing, and the fighting is pretty ferocious.

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  20. Phew!!!! some fight. Looks like we are not the only ones who cannot live in harmony.

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  21. Thanks Trevor. Yea, it was quite a battle.

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  22. Fabulous shots Keith. What a capture!

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  23. Thanks Angie. I was glad I was there to see it all.

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  24. Incredible photos, Keith! Talk about being in the right place at the right time...amazing. I think if I had witnessed it I would have got to the stage where I could barely look in case it ended horribly!

    It seems we have both witnessed 'birds behaving badly' recently :) Nature red in tooth and claw, as they say!

    Beautifully captured :)

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  25. these are great! not happy to see them fight though. I recently saw two Mallard ducks fighting the same way. trying to drown one another. surprised me, I have never seen that before. glad they all made it for another day of life.

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  26. Thanks Jan. It was one of those moments that you are not sure whether to take pictures, or just watch the events unfold before you. Amazing to see.

    Doreen, thank you. I was so tempted to make a noise or something, to stop it all. But nature has to take its course. Mankind has interfered too much already.
    I'm glad they all survived.

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  27. The drama and passion of these photos - just stunning!

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  28. Wow! What a gruesome sight that was!! I would have been tempted to break up the fight as well. Boy am I glad they made it through okay. Whew!
    Congrats on your POTW
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  29. Wow. That's some crazy stuff. Great shots and congratulations on the potw.

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  30. Those are amazing! Well shot, and thank you for sharing them. Congratulations on the post of the week mention over at Hilary's, by the way :-)

    I wonder what the tiff was about? "You took my iPod!" seems unlikely. "Let go of my fish!" seems far more. Perhaps it was "Keep your beak off my feathered paramour there, ducky."

    Or..was it a pitched battle, or a spurned attempt at pitching woo?

    Also, as a complete aside, doesn't "Grebe" sound like something Seuss should have written about?

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  31. Wow - amazing photos. Congrats on POTW!

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  32. LadyFi, thank you for stopping by, and commenting. Appreciate it.

    slommler, thank you for your comment. :)

    Cricket, thank you for your comment. :)

    Land of shimp, thank you for your comment. I think the fight was over territory, but they certainly meant business.

    Blunoz, thank you for your comment.

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  33. ha. better than wrestling...some wonderful shots you were able to capture...

    congrats on the POTW!

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