December 12th, 2014 – Avian Friday: Fishing Trio

This weeks image was rescued from the archives and given a bit of new life with a little artistic treatment added during post-processing. The Pie-billed Grebe are fascinating little birds. They are actually more like ducks than birds as they are rarely seen flying. They spend most of their time swimming and diving underwater to capture small fish, crustaceans and insects. The chicks when first-born cling to the mothers under wings and ride on her back until they are large enough to start foraging on their own. These two pictured here are several weeks old and are already developing mad fishing skills. Mama Grebe has taught them well!

Pie- Billed Grebes (Podilymbus podiceps)

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Seattle, WA ;
700mm | 1/400th Sec. @f/9 | ISO 400 | Hand-held

Canon 1D Mark II+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM vI + EFS 1.4X Rear Extender Ver I

Processed using LR5, Photoshop CC, Snapseed, Filterstorm .

To see a larger version please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,

JayT

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