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Great Crested Grebes-an explanation of my username and avatar

Discussion in 'Nature' started by grebeman, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
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    Just what is this apparently soggy mess of weeds floating in the water

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    Move those weeds to the side and these 3 eggs are revealed. A Great Crested Grebe, having been disturbed from incubating its eggs has had time to cover them before swimming off to a safe distance

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    Here are the two grebes at the nest, one incubating the clutch and the off duty bird resting alongside the nest

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    The off duty bird is now trying to attract the attention of the one incubating the eggs. Despite lunging at it with its bill, although not making physical contact, it was unable to rouse the incubating bird

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    So it clambered up onto the nest

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    Eventually the incubating bird got the message that its partner was willing to take over the incubating duties, so it roused itself and vacated the nest

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    The bird taking over then turned the egg (or eggs, it's not the same nest as photographed above in close up) and then settled down for its stint of incubating duty

    I have studied the breeding of this species at Slapton Ley in south Devon for the last 12 years, hence my user name and my avatar shows a very young bird, less than 7 days old that I managed to pick up out of the water having been left behind by an adult. The young are normally carried on the adults back for the first 2 weeks of their lives. After hastily photographing it I returned it to the water near the adult and they were quickly reunited.

    This event occurred some 3 or 4 years ago and I can reassure everyone that this young guy and its 2 siblings fledged successfully.

    The nest is, like the classical iceberg mostly underwater and is a floating structure anchored in the reed stems.

    The first 2 photographs were using a Panasonic G1 and micro Nikkor 55mm, f/2.8, the rest with a Panasonic G1 and Olympus 50-200mm, f/2.8-3.5 zoom

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  2. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Barrie, these are wonderful photographs and I really love reading the story behind each one - as well as the full details on your avatar. I can't wait to show these to my naturalist friend because I know she'll love them!

    As much as I really do enjoy photos without any backstory, I am so glad to have some like yours...and others posted by other members who tell their own stories photographically as well as in words.
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  3. Bokeh Diem

    Bokeh Diem Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    Without passion photography is nothing.

    Bokeh Diem
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  4. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    you are the bird man of micro 4\3rds

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