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___________________________________________________________ Birds 112 – Great-crested Grebes

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                GREAT-CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                GREAT-CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                GREAT-CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                GREAT-CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                GREAT-CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                GREAT-CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                GREAT-CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                GREAT-CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                GREAT-CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                GREAT-CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus

 

 

·         In common with other aquatic birds Great-crested Grebes Podiceps cristatus dedicate much of their time to the oiling and preening of feathers as insulation and water-proofing are essential for buoyancy and survival. They are excellent fishermen and they certainly need to be in order to keep up with the demand for food from their rather demonstrative and very noisy chicks.  Thankfully these beautiful birds are no longer threatened. They were persecuted almost to the verge of extinction in the UK during the mid-19th century as their feathers were considered to be an essential fashion accessory for hats at the time. They look much more attractive when attached to their rightful owners!

 

·        David has published two high quality photographic books illustrating Great-crested Grebes. These are available on line and they may be previewed in full – see: http://www.bobbooks.co.uk/bookshop/great-crested-grebes and http://www.bobbooks.co.uk/bookshop/great-crested-grebes-fighting for details.

                

·         David’s short film of a Great-crested Grebe preening may be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqzt200Gwnw.

 

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