Slavonian Grebe ~ Littlebrook Lake, Dartford, Kent - 21.01.13

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

With news that the Grebe was on the smallest lake, near Littlebrook Power Station we tried to locate it on our way home Saturday, but was looking at the wrong lake.

So Sunday morning the right lake and the bird was still there !!

Both Me & Richard had a great day with the bird and the constant snow falling, a few others also came for a look.

Not happy with any of the images, the lot went straight in the bin !!
Snow V Auto-focus
Snow won ...

Now i've got a problem, the weather is meant to get colder. The lake will freeze and the bird will move on ..
So it was either work or Grebe !!

I had a plan get all my gear on and take the camera, if the bird's there stay and get trigger happy !!
If not go to work ...

One end of the lake was frozen over but the best end, where it was possible to get down to water level was free from ice. 
For the next 3 hrs, I had the privilege of having this superb bird all to myself and what a little stunner it was !!

Manual Exp
 speeds of 1/500 - 1/1000
iso 400 ~ F4 - F5.6

Some with fill-flash 580exII with Better-Beamer
on High Speed Sync at - 2 1/3

Back Button Focus - wink wink Jono ..

Slavonian Grebe

It tried to get to the trees twice, where it had rested the day before but the ice formed a barrier which it couldn't work out how to cross and both times charged back down the lake !!

It then went in to this alert type posture 
Upright and  head shape changed

Amazing encounter with a rare Grebe.

Which moved lakes the next day.

A few more on my Website !!


chiddy said...

Stunning sharp clean superb best i ever seen

Jonathan Lethbridge said...

Thought they would be good! I had no way of getting there!

Mike H said...

A truely amazing set of photos Mick totally jealous but very pleased for you.

Josh Jones said...

Mick these images are absolutely stunning! Great work, really gripped! Want to get down there myself!

Carl Baggott said...

Wow cracking images, I really like the ones where its head is close to the water.

Shaun harvey said...

Really great Mike, fantastic!.

Ploddingbirder said...

Absolutely stunning Mick!

Ben Porter said...

Absolutely superb images Mick- hard to choose a favourite one! One equipment do you use?

Mick Southcott said...

Thanks for all the comments ...


Canon 1DmkIIn + Canon 500 F4 IS

Martin Blow ( said...

Bleeping fantastic shots. Absolutely cracking.

Carmo said...

mind-blowing images and great results with the beamer.