Bill Pike water & reflections

water n.
a colourless, odourless liquid

Yet water, particularly a water surface, has so many wonderful effects which are often taken for granted, or not even noticed, by those whose very existence depends on it in everyday life...

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A Grebe Fishing at Abingdon

A Grebe Fishing at Abingdon

Size: 0.92m x 0.61m  Medium: Oils on canvas  

Sep 2008  Exhibited: 30 

On a breezy Spring morning, I watched this Great Crested Grebe fishing just downstream of Abingdon Bridge. Its technique was to swim upstream, darting to and fro as if exercising (See No 268), before standing up in the water (as seen here, with the Old Gaol reflecting in the background) with its back to the wind and current, before plunging beneath the water surface diving for fish. Some seconds later it woudl re-appear again downstream, at a distance further away from the bridge.

A Grebe Fishing at Abingdon (map)