Clark’s Grebes Golden Hour Courtship Dance

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Daylight starts pretty early this time of year so we met our Boat Captain at 5:45am to get in as much morning light as possible. Soon we were sailing far out into the lake to find the Grebes. It wasn’t long before Faith our Captain spotted a large group and headed for them.

Twilight turned to Dawn then Golden Hour.  We were very lucky to have been able to see this set of Clark’s Grebes dancing across the water with their breast mostly exposed to us during Golden hour. The warmth and color wasn’t like this for long.
Gosh, they were beautiful! This pair had a rather long run too.

Most the morning the Grebes danced away from us. Though Faith gave the Grebes plenty of space and room to dance our way they didn’t.
This was the very first dance we saw that morning. It turned out to be my favorite image. It happened so fast that I nearly missed it. Thankfully, Faith’s skill at spotting pairs that might dance, and her fast reflexes to get the boat in the right position she was able to alert us in time to catch this run.

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm + Tamron 1.4x TC| Hand-held| Hoodman STEEL High Speed Digital Film| CS6

More to come…

13 thoughts on “Clark’s Grebes Golden Hour Courtship Dance

  1. I am contemplating getting the Tamron 1.4x TC. Do you like it? I have the Canon 70mm – 200mm 2.8 lens. I love how you include the camera settings, and whether it is hand held. Beautiful shot 🙂

    1. Thank you Mary Michelle! The Tamron 1.4xTC has served me well for years. I bought it because I have an older 80-200mm lens that takes an older Nikon TC which is hard to find these days so I bought the Tamron. When I bought the 300mm f4 lens I also bought a newer Nikon TC to use on it, but it quit working several months ago and I haven’t sent it in for repair yet, so I busted out my seldom used Tamron again. I’m so glad I have it to use while my Nikon TC is broken.

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