Centennial Park June 22
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Centennial Park June 22

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Ally

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I went again, got better luck with the Pied-billed Grebe.



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Who is the last one, young Hooded Merganser?


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Nice set of photos. The first time I saw a PB Grebe was at Reesor pond (south), which is the small pond north of Old Finch. I only had a Point-and-shoot camera with very little telephoto capability and such a small sensor that it didn't accept much cropping without showing sensor noise. The grebes were usually far away and it took many trips to the pond in order to get a little closer. A 600mm lens would have been great. After I got my t4i I managed to get a little closer at Humber. I can't recall whether I was using the kit lens (18 - 135mm or if I had the 200mm at the time. I stationed myself at a bottleneck that brought grebe a little close as they passed from one body of water to the other. Even then I couldn't get near enough to water level to get the kind of shot I wanted.


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Thanks. That was how I felt early June when I went alone. I took my friend there yesterday. Saw the grebes on the otherside of the pond, and we went around. The grebes were within 6-8 metres when we were closest. Certainly made my friend think us birders having an easy life with no trouble accessing birds.  :D ;) :D  We do have a joyful life. But. Hahahah
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6 - 8 meters is quite close indeed. The grebes at Reesor pond would never allow me to get that close. When I approach the viewing mound I usually bend down to conceal myself behind the bushes because if any grebe were close they would dive,or race away as soon as I became visible. I even considered setting up a blind cloth stretched between two poles to make my approach, or anyone's approach less conspicuous. Most of the pond exists north of the observation mound so its utility would serve that side. Grebe seldom appeared south of the mound. I guess the water there is too shallow. I once stopped by the pond on my way back from an errand on a late morning after heavy rainfall. Light level was very low due to heavy overcast and lingering fog. I didn't expect to see anything. I approached the observation mound rather carelessly and looked north through the fog to see what I expected to see ... unoccupied water. I then peaked over a bush to check-out the narrow isthmus between the mound and the small island about 10 meters away to the east. There were two young PB grebe in the calm water only 5 meters away, maybe less. I sure wasn't ready for that discovery. I had a camera in the car and so I crept back to get it. By the time I returned they were a little farther away but still not acting alarmed. I only had a 135mm kit lens. The only other time I got close enough to even try taking a photo was in the late afternoon under dull lighting conditions. I was high up on the berm, not close to the water. I didn't have a DSLR then. I took a shot with a Canon G9 point-and-shoot. I was delighted even with that result.
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Great set Ally. I was thinking of going there one week-end - a pair of Common Gallinule has been spotted there.


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Great set Ally. I was thinking of going there one week-end - a pair of Common Gallinule has been spotted there.
I heard Least Bittern. But no luck with sighting.  I have never seen Common Gallinule.