Yesterday morning, I went with a friend to photograph Red-necked Grebes and their newly-hatched chicks on Lake Ontario. For a variety of reasons, – odd lighting, really difficult reflections in the still water from the boats at the nearby marina, – my photos didn’t work out. It was fascinating though, – and another reminder of how amazing nature is, – to see the male Grebe concentrate on getting food for his two young ones. Over and over again, he would swim out and return with a fish – breakfast for his new little family while the female attended to the one lone unhatched egg left on her nest (we hope it will hatch). So, in reviewing my photos from that outing I was very disappointed; however, this photo struck me, given its blatant starkness, as absolutely representing the single-minded determination of the male Grebe – get fish – return to babies – get fish – return to babies. He seemingly, during his deliberate task, saw nothing else – not the nearby wing-drying Cormorants, not the overhead flights of the gulls, not the general awakening of nature as the sun rose .. so, my photo depicts he and he alone in his mission at hand – return to nest with fish for babies. He was all alone out there and the water was mirror-like still, the sun was directly overhead and my exposure was completely off but, oddly, it totally represents the scene, the Grebe and his mission.
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
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