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Posted by
Spike (not Bristol, United Kingdom) on 18 March 2012 in Animal & Insect.

So last time I went to the canal, there was a single lonesome grebe sitting in the timber pool, calling hopefully. I say "hopefully", although, to be honest, it could have been anything; imagine the sound of a frog gargling with a squeaky toy and you won't be far wrong.

The weather wasn't all that promising - rather overcast sky, and a stiff southerly breeze - but I headed back up there anyway, thinking maybe he'd have made some progress.

Well, he was still there, but in the canal this time, patrolling up and down and still calling.

The timber pool seemed empty (if you don't count ducks and coots), but halfway back in the reeds on the right, a couple of familiar looking heads appeared: two more grebes. And after a bit of preening, they squared up to each other and starting twisting and bobbing their heads.

It wasn't quite the full-on dance - it appears this pair is still learning the steps - but it's a good incentive to head back in a week or so to see how they're getting on.

Tech stuff: taken with the mirror lens, and treated with a fair bit of cropping and deblurring. But between the distance and the gloom, this is at the limit of what my trusty old G1 can do.

Thanks for stopping to take a look.

Sterre from Netherlands

Well done beautiful photo from the grebes.

18 Mar 2012 9:59pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

the colours are marvellous, the focus, hm, err forget it, it has a beautiful feel to it.

23 Mar 2012 9:49am