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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Great Crested Grebes

It's that day again........WBW.

I've featured these birds before, but they're such beautiful and interesting birds, you got them again!

At my local lake, I'm fortunate to have a few families of these beauties around at the moment, and this particular family, have given me some wonderful picture opportunities.




The two adults have 3 healthy chicks, that are growing fast; and that's due to the expert fishing skills of the male. He is a great provider.




Although sometimes he does seem to bring rather large fish,




 and the young ones sometimes struggle to swallow them.


This particular morning was no exception, and after struggling with the poor fish, for what seemed ages,




dad eventually decided to have it himself.




A fascinating few moments spent in the company of these lovely birds.


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54 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures Keith - we've got a pair of great crested grebes nesting on our local reservoir and I'm hoping to go and have a look at them tomorrow morning.

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  2. Great series. We have a couple of species of Grebe here but they are so shy with the kids that I have yet to get a reasonable shot.

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  3. thanks! that made me laugh!!!

    "well, if you can't handle it, fine, i'll eat it myself! harumph!"

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  4. I like the way she is all sleek and serene, and himself all ruffled and manly :-)
    Great action shot with the splashing water.

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  5. Superb birds and better images. Odd that the adults don't regurgitate food for the chicks.

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  6. They are such beautiful birds. Fabulous captures!

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  7. Awesome series Keith! Love your Grebes!

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  8. They such lovely birds aren't they Phil.
    I'm very fortunate here to have so many at my local lake. I counted 15 birds in one area a few months ago!

    Thanks Dale. This particular family are very co-operative when it comes to taking pictures.

    Just what I thought Theresa lol

    Thanks jocodeane. Yea, the female seems very reserved lol

    Thanks Adrian. It'd probably be easier for the young ones if they did.

    Thank you John. They are lovely birds.

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  9. Thank you Sondra. They are fascinating and beautiful to watch.

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  10. Nothing as exotic as your Grebes Keith at the Tranquil otter. Haha first time for me was sitting in a hide with the old bonocs...

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  11. Thanks Debbie. I bet now you've done the hide thing, there'll be more visits ;-)

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  12. Hi Keith.."Y O B" ...lol
    This series of photos I enjoyed on the video from before,and it just as enjoyable as the first time!!
    Wonderful to see and learn about the Grebe family..
    I think somebody should have handed dad a flaying knife though!!
    Junior could have been able to get that fish down !!!lol
    Hugs my friend

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  13. Another great series Keith. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  14. The Grebes are lovely to watch through the seasons and the juveniles are stunning.
    Your images are lovely.

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  15. oh I'm not gonna complain, this is a super set of pictures, dynamic, sharp and beautiful. Well done Keith!

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  16. These are AMAZING shots! And such interesting ducks. Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed these.

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  17. Superb post, I simply can't stop staring at your photos!

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  18. Beautiful birds and well worth more photos!

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  19. The young Grebes are so cute, and I love the family photos. Even the adults are gorgeous birds.

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  20. Makes me think Dad deliberately brings fish too big for the little ones to down. He can look like a good provider while, all the while, anticipating cleaning up the leftovers. I don't know how those babies don't choke on those big fish. Amazing. Great set of photos.

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  21. Amazing story telling! How could you not keep taking pictures of these beautiful birds? These are great action shots, doesn't get much better than that!

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  22. Thanks grammie. I never tire of watching these birds, always so interesting to watch.

    Thank you Gary :-)

    Thanks Andrew. You're right, and I can see why so many people love them.

    Thank you Chris :-)

    Elizabeth, thank you :-)

    Joo, thank for your comment :-)

    Thanks Mick. I've got tons more; but I'll spare everyone lol

    Eileen, thank you :-)

    Linda, you could be right there lol
    Thanks :-)

    Thank you Jill :-)

    Springman, thank you for your comments.
    And thanks for this' bird theme'. It's great to see all the different birds from around the world.

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  23. They really are beautiful birds! This sequence of shots is amazing!

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  24. Very interesting post. Thank you for sharing.

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  25. The chicks are so greedy, you would think that the little ones can't touch the fish, but, he/she does it.

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  26. Hi there - good to see the grebes, esp. as they were once so rare. We have them down here as well, but as yet I've not been able to get any decent shots. I'll have to keep trying!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  27. What a lovely series Keith !! Cute :)

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  28. I think I have sussed Dads plan now Keith. He makes out he is showing the young ones how to catch and what to catch, then troughs the lot.

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  29. Those are fantastic birds. They remind me of a cross between a Red-breasted and a Red-necked grebe. We have both of them here. You got some fantastic shots of them. The chicks look exactly like the Red-necked grebes.

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  30. What fabulous-looking birds! Not sure that we have grebes in Minnesota...

    Pearl

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  31. Thanks Pat. I agree, they are lovely birds.

    Thank you lotusleaf. :-)

    Thanks Bob. Yea, they do manage some quite big fish at times.

    Thanks Stewart. Yea, they came close to be hunted to extinction once.

    Pescalune, thank you. Yea, I keep slipping in the cute ones lol

    Roy, I think you're right. It does seem that way lol

    Thank you Bill. yea, I love to see these birds. :-)

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  32. Thanks for your comment Pearl......almost missed you there ;)

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  33. Amazing captures! Love how you told the story. Dad couldn't see that big fish going to waste!

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  34. They do make a very photogenic family Keith, as dis the awww photos previously.

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  35. Wonderful story, so lucky you are having these amazing birds near you. But I can tell you - they are in Oslo too, Fotokarusellen took some nice pictures of lonely bird. This family is heart breaking!

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  36. Wow! You really got great shots. You have entertained and educated me. Thumps-up!!!

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  37. They are interesting and so beautiful. I love the little ones.

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  38. They are so remarkably beautiful -- I just love that stark pattern on the head of the little ones!

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  39. Thanks Gail, glad you enjoyed it. The dad is quite an expert fisherman.

    Thanks John. These are very co-operative too. :-)

    Thank you Marias. They are such beautiful birds.

    Thank you Jean. Glad you enjoyed them all too.

    Thank you Lisa. Yea, I love the little stripes on the young ones.

    Thanks Pat; yea, me too :-)

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  40. Wow, what a wonderful experience for you!
    Fascinating images!
    Thanks for stopping by.

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  41. Great series, Keith! Quite a family event - glad you captured it and thanks for sharing.

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  42. Thanks Carletta :-)

    Thank you Hilke :-)

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  43. Greetings from Finland. Thus, through a blog is a great get to know other countries and their people, nature and culture. Come take a look Teuvo images and blog to tell all your friends that your country flag will stand up to my collection of flag higher. Sincerely, Teuvo Vehkalahti Finland

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  44. Nice going Keith i can never get close enough .. oh just got a new job as well right opposite Caldecotte near red bull so might by able to get down there a bit more :)

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  45. Teuvo, thank you for stopping by, and commenting.

    Cheers Scott. Well done with the job; gonna need one myself soon lol

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  46. how fun and exciting it must have been to capture that little family moment. woo hoo!!

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  47. nice one.... again Keith lol


    Yes a quality species and always good to see them with the youngsters too. Dave

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  48. OMG! this is an outstanding and wonderfull serie! The bird itself is great...and you got some familly action shots...WOW!

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  49. Thank you Doreen. Yea, a special moment to see.

    Thanks Dave. I never tire of watching these.

    Thank you Dominic. Busy time with the families at the moment.

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  50. Absolutely fascinating, my friend. Lovin' every moment.
    BlessYourHeart

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  51. Beautiful photos! I don't think anyone can ever get enough of these :)

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