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20100608 052 Pied-billed Grebes SERIES.jpg
08-JUN-2010 Hank v/d Velde

20100608 052 Pied-billed Grebes SERIES.jpg


A total of 8 images depicting the return to the nest of one of the adult Grebes (Mom) and the three young after a successful hunt and dinner. Dad provided most of the bounty whilst Mom watched over the young. Mom, however, was also seen to dive and bring up a few minnows for the young to devour.

Top Image: Mom with two of the young riding on her back is returning to the nest site.

Mom prepares to mount the nest with the two young still on her back.

Up they go, well all except one.

One of the young just barely made it on to the nest whilst its sibling got a dunking.

The dunked duckie now also climbs aboard whilst Mom is doing some grooming.

Mom and the two young now comfortably settling in.

The third and final of the young having just finished dinner joins Mom and the others on the nest.

All aboard for a little siesta except for Dad who is still finishing his dinner and/or just swimming around to defend the nest site.

Nikon D300S ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/320s f/7.1 at 700.0mm iso320 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Len29-Jun-2010 13:10
Another great series Hank,well taken!!!!
Giancarlo Guzzardi28-Jun-2010 07:07
beautiful series
Monique Trempe28-Jun-2010 00:09
So cute... wonderful series, the photos are great. BV
Lieve Snellings27-Jun-2010 23:04
fantastic series Hank ! v
Marc Vermeulen27-Jun-2010 21:20
Colin Storey27-Jun-2010 20:49
Stunning series of images.
Patricia Kay27-Jun-2010 20:45
Love this series of images Hank...Beautiful images with excellent details and colors...BV
sandy barbour27-Jun-2010 19:27
Splendid series of photographs Hank!
Betty Vlasiu27-Jun-2010 19:20
Super shot of this beautiful bird ,BV
Robert Houde27-Jun-2010 16:36
Excellent series with my favorite as: Mom and the two young now comfortably settling in.
Sofia Solomennikova27-Jun-2010 15:49
what a story of their daily life, very interesting :) V
Lamar Nix27-Jun-2010 14:32
Series of tender moments in the grebe world, particularly the chicks riding up on mother's back. Very sharp and clear images. V
Carol Breton27-Jun-2010 14:11
They're so beautiful and precious Hank. Superb series. Thanks for sharing you deep love
of Nature and Wildlife. ~
Ulla Kruys27-Jun-2010 14:01
Wonderful and well-timed captures! V
NealyBob27-Jun-2010 13:35
Mighty fine series of photos Hank! I especially like the ones on her back~!
Vince27-Jun-2010 13:09
Excellent series Hank. Vote.
Dave Hawkins27-Jun-2010 12:38
Great series Hank, I have never seen these behaviors, wonderful photos
lou_rozensteins27-Jun-2010 05:21
Very beautiful series! I love the stage where they carry the young on their backs. Well done.
Bryan Murahashi27-Jun-2010 05:11
Always cute to see the little ones getting a ride on Mom's back.
January Grey27-Jun-2010 04:36
A close bond between mother & her brood. Sweet series, Hank. Well done!!
larose forest photos27-Jun-2010 04:01
Marvelous series, well conceived and produced here. V
Lieve Snellings27-Jun-2010 03:30
this is such a beautiful series Hank ! BV
Jean D27-Jun-2010 01:58
Terrific series, Hank!
Jean Chiasson27-Jun-2010 00:45
Great series bravo Hank
Jim Coffman27-Jun-2010 00:28
Awesome series,Hank! Very well done.
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet26-Jun-2010 23:53
Wow, superb series.
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