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Congratulations to harshaj1 for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 18 votes - View Previous Winners


Past week Mike Lentz( fellow FM member) and I visited several lakes in Minnesota looking for Loons, Grebes and other water birds. Over one and a half days we found plenty of Loons, many Red Necked Grebes and a breeding colony of Western Grebes.
Mike- thanks for being a good friend and a great guide.
This is my first set of loon images.
Loons are very territorial and will defend their turf fearlessly. A family of Red Necked Grebes that I was photographing drifted into a nearby loon territory. What unfolded was something I have never seen before.
1. The first image shows both the habitat and the photographer. ( courtesy of Mike)
2. Loon sees the red neck grebe and assumes this aggressive posture.
3 ,4 and 5. Loon goes after the red necked grebe. Fortunately the terrified Grebe was able to escape the attack. without any injuries.







#1







#2 assuming the attack mode

  NIKON D500    850mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  







#3 The attack

  NIKON D500    850mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  







#4

  NIKON D500    850mm    f/5.6    1/4000s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  







#5

  NIKON D500    850mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Jun 15, 2016 at 04:34 AM
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Loon family





#6 Mom

  NIKON D500    400mm    f/6.3    1/1000s    500 ISO    +0.7 EV  







#7 Mother and the baby

  NIKON D500    380mm    f/5.6    1/500s    500 ISO    +0.7 EV  







#8

  NIKON D500    490mm    f/5.6    1/1600s    500 ISO    +0.3 EV  







#9 Mothet and the twins

  NIKON D500    300mm    f/6.3    1/640s    640 ISO    +1.0 EV  







#10




Jun 15, 2016 at 04:39 AM
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Feeding





#11 Riding on the back

  NIKON D500    550mm    f/8.0    1/640s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  







#12

  NIKON D500    450mm    f/8.0    1/2500s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  







#13 feeding

  NIKON D500    380mm    f/7.1    1/1600s    640 ISO    +0.3 EV  







#14







take off




Jun 15, 2016 at 04:42 AM
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Wow, awesome set Harsha, great job!

Kevin



Jun 15, 2016 at 05:25 AM
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Amazing set, Harsha. Thanks for sharing beautiful photos.

-Tam



Jun 15, 2016 at 05:27 AM
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Wow! Absolutely brilliant set of images Harsha. Great low perspective from your shooting position in the boat, well done.
2-5 are so unique, what a terrific behaviorial sequence you captured.
The family pics are wonderful also, and all against beautiful BG's in equally beautiful light.
Masterful work Harsha... you got my vote.

Kirk

P.S. Looks like the D500 performed very well, especially in the attack sequence. I just received mine today and was very impressed with the AF system on some bird test shots in my backyard. This camera will be a joy to use.



Jun 15, 2016 at 06:27 AM
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Great set, thanks for sharing.


Jun 15, 2016 at 07:54 AM
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Your planning, technique, patience, and execution here are superb.

As good as the D500 seems to be I don't imagine just anyone could have produced these images.

I can't quite figure out what lens you have paired with the D500; looks like some great glass also.

A delight for me to view this morning.



Jun 15, 2016 at 09:40 AM
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what a beautiful, eye level series, thanks so much for sharing Harsha


Jun 15, 2016 at 09:57 AM
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Wonderful images, thanks for posting.

Vic



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redmule wrote:
Wow, awesome set Harsha, great job!

Kevin


Thank you Kevin.
Harsha



Jun 15, 2016 at 10:36 AM
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dugaut wrote:
Your planning, technique, patience, and execution here are superb.

As good as the D500 seems to be I don't imagine just anyone could have produced these images.

I can't quite figure out what lens you have paired with the D500; looks like some great glass also.

A delight for me to view this morning.


Thank you very much for the kind comments. The lens in the picture is 200-400 paired with 1.4TC. The attack sequence was taken with 600FL lens with1.4TC.
Harsha



Jun 15, 2016 at 10:38 AM
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kdacharya wrote:
what a beautiful, eye level series, thanks so much for sharing Harsha


Thank you very much.
Harsha



Jun 15, 2016 at 10:39 AM
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canon.eos30d wrote:
Amazing set, Harsha. Thanks for sharing beautiful photos.

-Tam


Tam, thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked these.
Harsha



Jun 15, 2016 at 10:40 AM
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Beautiful work, so enjoyable to view.

Carolyn



Jun 15, 2016 at 10:41 AM
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KirkB wrote:
Wow! Absolutely brilliant set of images Harsha. Great low perspective from your shooting position in the boat, well done.
2-5 are so unique, what a terrific behaviorial sequence you captured.
The family pics are wonderful also, and all against beautiful BG's in equally beautiful light.
Masterful work Harsha... you got my vote.

Kirk

P.S. Looks like the D500 performed very well, especially in the attack sequence. I just received mine today and was very impressed with the AF system on some bird test shots in my backyard. This camera will be a joy to use.


Thanks Kirk. I cannot wait to see what you come up with using D500. AF is the best from Nikon so far( don't have aD5). However I had one major problem with the camera. It gives a card error message especially with the SD card. QXD works the best with only one or two error messages. Shutting off the camera and reinserting the card correct the problem. It is annoying and I am hoping that Nikon come up with a solution. I am using a Lexar latest 128 GB card. I tried different cards but error message continues. I think it is a firmware issue. In fact I lost few images of a loon flapping sequence due to card error. It is possible I turned off the camera before the images were written to the card in the excitement.
Harsha



Jun 15, 2016 at 10:48 AM
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Wonderful set. What fun.

David



Jun 15, 2016 at 10:49 AM
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therealthings wrote:
Great set, thanks for sharing.

Thank you.
Harsha




Jun 15, 2016 at 10:49 AM
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viczig wrote:
Wonderful images, thanks for posting.

Vic


Thanks Vic.
harsha



Jun 15, 2016 at 10:51 AM
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Did you just get a haircut my friend?

Just a super action series with spot-on PP.

your photos pop-out and grab you.

Larry



Jun 15, 2016 at 10:52 AM
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