Great Crested Grebe Reflection
Great crested grebe with reflection on a lake in South Yorkshire.
The great crested grebe is the largest of the grebes found in Europe and one of the most elegant of our native British waterbirds. During the summer breeding season both males and females can be identified by their beautiful head-plumes, so prized that in the past over hunting for their feathers led to the grebes near extinction. Great crested grebe are perhaps best known for their elaborate courtship display, during which the pairs present each other with gifts and rise up out of the water turning their heads from side to side with head plumes raised. Due to their clumsily placed feet for walking on land, grebes are much more elegant on the water and hunt by diving to catch fish and insects.
More information on great crested grebes can be found here.
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