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Great Crested Grebe

Podiceps cristatus


The Great Crested Grebe is an elegant waterbird, with ornate head plumes which led to it being almost hunted to extinction in the UK. This species shows a spectacular head-to-head courtship where the two partners curtsy to each other whilst shaking their heads.


Lake shore, near marina. A wintering location for these birds; they will return to nesting areas in reeds at springtime.


2 different individuals, part of a group of about 20. The first individual in pictures 1 and 2 is transitioning out of winter plumage.The individual in picture 3 already shows full breading plumage.

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1 Comment

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thank you James!

James McNair
James McNair 4 years ago

Wonderful Daniele

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Vaud, Switzerland

Lat: 46.46, Long: 6.84

Spotted on Feb 19, 2015
Submitted on Feb 23, 2015

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