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|This Grebe was trying to woo a female but the female was more interested in diving for fish. He was very patient and took to preening when she was under water. He did win through eventually They are now nesting. Taken in Hyde Park, London|
Great Crested Grebe
A delightfully elegant waterbird with ornate head plumes which led to its being hunted for its feathers, almost leading to its extermination from the UK. They dive to feed and also to escape, preferring this to flying. On land they are clumsy because their feet are placed so far back on their bodies. They have an elaborate courtship display in which they rise out of the water and shake their heads. Very young grebes often ride on their parents' backs.
Where to see them
Lowland lakes, gravel pits, reservoirs and rivers. Also found along coasts in winter.
What they eat
Europe UK breeding* UK wintering* UK passage*
- 9,400 adults 19,140 birds -
UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Source : RSPB
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