bringing up baby x 4

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© Heather Mellon
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UploadedJune 22, 2012
TakenJune 22, 2012
Exposure1/500 sec at f/9
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length500 mm

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The four horned grebe chicks which recently hatched are now riding around on their mother`s back while daddy grebe works very hard to keep them well fed. Two of the chicks can be seen in this image, but there are also two of them snuggled up on her back. They were swimming around just before this shot was taken but a raven swooped over them, with intentions of taking a chick. A barn swallow took chase after the raven and together with my hollers we managed to chase him away..

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  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (22 Jun 2012):

    Jan, very very lovely image

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (22 Jun 2012):

    sweeeeet shot!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (23 Jun 2012):

    What a sweet shot! I have been watching a hawk rob the nest here. It breaks my heart but there is nothing I can do. The mama birds work so hard trying to save their babies.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (23 Jun 2012):

    Love this, wonderful capture !

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (23 Jun 2012):

    Wow!!! The Grebes were fortunate you were there to hollar at the raven and it is a miracle that the barn swallow was there also to chase the raven away...A wonderful capture with a happy ending to the story.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (24 Jun 2012):

    Excellent capture and so glad that the story had a happy ending. Yay for the Barn Swallow and for your hollering : )

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (28 Jun 2012):

    A family affaire

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