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Australasian Grebe

Australasian Grebe (Image ID 43165)
Photographed byAnna Lester on Sun 9th Aug, 2020 and uploaded on Thu 29th Oct, 2020 .
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ID43165
CommentAs I walked past the ponds which comprise the Felixstow wetlands near Adelaide, I noticed a "dark blob" which had suddenly appeared on the surface of the water in the middle of the pond. On closer inspection, this "dark blob" turned out to be just the head of an Australasian Grebe – it remained quite stationary for a couple of minutes, before suddenly disappearing below the surface of the water. I have submitted this image in the Reflections Competition because the chestnut facial stripe, distinctive eye, and patch of yellow skin at the base of the bill have been clearly captured in the reflection, but also because I was absolutely intrigued by this behaviour. I do not know whether this is common behaviour, but I certainly have never seen it before.
EquipmentNikon D500 camera, Nikkor 180–400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens, hand-held.
1/2000 second at f8; focal length 550 mm; ISO 1000.
Image cropped and adjusted in Lightroom CC.
LocationFelixstow wetlands, Felixstow, Adelaide, South Australia, South Australia
Keywordsadult
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