This shot has been used as a vehicle to bring attention to the recurring grebe colony collapse issue at Lake Hodges due to fluctuating water levels.
How I got the shot
This is the culmination of several years of hard work and pressure. Having witnessed 3 colonies of over 130 grebe nests fail over the space of two years due to water level mismanagement, I put together a coalition of seven environmental groups and created a successful grass roots social media and mainstream media campaign to pressure California Fish and Wildlife Department to initiate a dialogue with the agencies involved in order to ensure stable water levels for successful future nesting events. That year we saw over 160 pairs of successful parent grebes with chicks, of which the photograph is one.
What I used
I use a low-to-the-water, camouflaged small boat with a silent trolling motor. I pride myself in being able to observe and photograph these beautiful birds while not disturbing them or their natural behaviors. An added bonus is being able to share this opportunity with others. Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-6L IS USM lens at 390mm, f /6.3, 1/800 second, ISO 200. Cropped.