This is a Western Grebe with a fish. This was taken from the shore. It was taken on a man-made reservoir in San Diego County last March. The fish is an offering for the female. These images were taken during mating season which is quite an exciting time. We saw both Clark’s grebes and Western grebes exhibiting their typical rushing behavior. Just fascinating! I reprocessed the image from the original raw file today. This is about 50% of full frame. Conditions were quite cloudy and I believe we got rained on that afternoon.
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ISO 1000, 400+1.4 X, F5 .6, 1250th, handheld, Sony Alpha one
I made an effort to try some of your suggestions but I just don’t have the skills necessary to make it look accurate. Please be my guest and see what you can do. I just change the crop a little and I think it’s a little less distracting.