Grebe vs. …fish?

Yesterday at the wetlands I was watching this little grebe in a water fight with something. I thought it was some kind of water grass or plant. He was really splashing up a storm. The lighting was bad, but I snapped away with my lens zoomed in, trying to figure out what he was up to.

It wasn’t until I got home and decided to get creative with editing that it became a little more clear what he was wrestling with.

Although the photos came out kind of funky, for some reason I decided I like them. I had to lighten the exposure, they were pretty dark. And with my vast lack of editing knowledge I just played around with it to see what I would get.

So, what do you think?

What was he fighting with so ferociously?

I don’t think he won the battle. At the end another bird friend came over to see if he could figure out what was going on…

I think he’s in shock that he lost him!

His little friend came over, Mr. Coot, but he still didn’t come up with anything 😕
I think he looks sad…

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  1. You were in the right place at the right time. Love the straight-on view of the next-to-the-last photo.

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    1. Thank you Frank! Yes, I think that photo is so sweet!


  2. Toonsarah says:

    A fun set of photos! All the editing work paid off and I could really feel his frustration and disappointment in your shots!

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    1. Thank you! Doesn’t he have the sweetest face? 😊

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  3. lolaWi says:

    great captures and beautiful editing, Lisa!

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    1. Thank you so much! I learned something with these photos. 😊


  4. Awesome actions series, Lisa! It looks like a fish to me too. Love that second to last shot of the perplexed grebe!!

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    1. Thank you! I think the grebe is one of the cutest birds! I would like a little stuffed animal grebe 😊

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  5. Naomi says:

    You got quite the exciting little story in these pictures! I think he is so cute, and I’m sorry that he lost his dinner.

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    1. Thank you! Well, I can’t quite imagine that he would have been able to eat it, but… who knows!?


  6. V.J. Knutson says:

    These are awesome!

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    1. Thank you! Sometimes I get it in my head that a photo isn’t good, even when I like it. I just have to keep telling myself the only thing that matters IS that I like it 😊 But I’m glad you liked it too!

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      1. V.J. Knutson says:

        Those darn self-sabotaging thoughts. You are welcome!

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    1. Thank you, I’m so glad I experimented with the editing.


  7. Just Teri says:

    I love these photos. He definitely looks sad 😔 😢

    Sorry to say but it’s adorable. I feel for this little guy. Sometimes we lose a battle here and there❣️❤️

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    1. Thank you! I know, I want to give him a little hug!! 🤗

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