Great Crested Sunrise

Jose Luis Ruiz Jiménez's Image

Up to his chest in water, Jose Luis shot this intimate moment with a family of great crested grebes. When one parent emerged with damp feathers and a fish, Jose Luis was lucky that not a breath of wind rippled the water. A stripy-headed chick stretched out of its sanctuary, open-beaked, to claim the tasty meal.

Grebes are at their most elegant in the breeding season when ornate plumage is used in courting. They build a nest of aquatic plant material, often among reeds at the edge of shallow water. Chicks venture out within just a few hours of hatching, hitching a snug ride on a parent’s back.

Behind the lens

Jose Luis Ruiz Jiménez

Jose Luis Ruiz Jiménez


Jose has a degree in chemistry and works in the aeronautical sector. A co-worker introduced him to the world of photography in 2014 and it has since been his main hobby. His has been awarded in several nature photography competitions, including first prize in the Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO/BirdLife) contest.

Image details

  • Nikon D4S
  • 600mm f4 lens
  • 1/800 sec at f6.3  •   ISO 500  •   floating hide
  • Brozas, Extremadura, Spain
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