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"Permission to come aboard?" -- and an egg question or two

CK

Mississauga, CA
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CK Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Apr 2004
Mon 01-Jul-13 12:44 PM | edited Mon 01-Jul-13 01:17 PM by CK

One more to add to the growing collection of Bronte Harbour grebe pics. Too bad about the boat reflections in the background, but some days it is difficult to find a good vantage point. Still provides lots of enjoyable moments though.

D7100, 300 f4 (old version), Tamron 2x tele, , Manfrotto legs and head. Cropping and some adjustments in LR4

1/500 sec @f4 (not including tele adjustment), ISO 250

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And now for the egg questions...A couple of weeks ago it seemed there were 5 eggs in the nest. In the photo below I count 9. Those, plus the 2 hatched chicks makes for a brood of 11 -- somewhat larger than the 3-6 eggs that iBird suggests. could it be that the other local grebe is dumping eggs into this nest, or could this hen be laying more eggs over time? Anyone know the probability of these eggs hatching successfully? Does the difference in egg colour suggest different potential for successful hatching?

1/400sec @f6.3 (not including tele adjustment), ISO 250
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Thanks and take care,
CK
Nikonian in Ontario, Canada





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