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Old Nov 7, 2011, 7:46 PM   #1
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Default Grebes and friends

Our home Park's lake has a fine Pied-Billed Grebe population, especially during the cooler season. But they are usually much too shy for this (impatient) photographer to get close enough for an OK shot.

But I was out recently checking one of our lake-side nature trails, and noticed some rather bold Grebes hanging out near shore. Ran back for the long lens, and got a nice shot of a rather wet little grebe...
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Old Nov 7, 2011, 7:48 PM   #2
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Here are a few more shots of another nearby Grebe, enjoying the morning sun... (Any preferences on these different "poses?")
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Just a couple more shots, showing how slight changes in the light can make a big change in the photo...
(They sure are cute little birds, aren't they...)
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While watching the grebes swim, dive and catch small fish (fishing activity too fast for my slow lens and slow hands to capture), noticed another lake bird perching nearby on a boat at the park's marina. Belted Kingfishers are another very shy bird - this is the closest I've gotten to one, and would be delighted to be able to get closer... (perhaps there were some especially tasty fish in this location??)
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Some of our GB Herons let us get rather close - they get used to all the park visitors (with or without cameras). This one stays close to the park marina, and makes a nice foreground to the remaining autumnal foliage...
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Speaking of birds and autumnal foliage, here's a little Phoebe who posed just briefly in front of some autumnal Oak foliage. Not as sharp a photo as I'd like, but hope you like the color...
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Hope you enjoyed seeing some of our park's "feathered friends," and that you will share your comments & critique!

PS - most of these taken with SMC 135-600 mm
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Lovely shots of the ever-shy grebes - they do look like they do with a dose of added contrast - is that only me though ?

Love that kingfisher !
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Of the Grebe shots I like the 2nd best, I am envious of your kingfisher shot, I've never been that close, Nice series

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Great photos as always Mole. I'm especially taken with the GBH and the brilliant foliage in the background.
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