Great Crested Grebe
A very elegant and attractive bird, which during the 19th century almost cost it its existence. The Victorians used the head feathers of the bird to decorate hats and clothing and by the early 19th century the species was almost extinct. From a wildlife photographer’s point of view this species has some very unique behaviour to photograph at various times of the year. Early on in March pairs of grebes begin re-establishing bonds in the form of courtship displays. This is one of nature’s great spectacles where the birds can be seen doing their famous ‘weed dance’. After the eggs hatch, the young grebes will catch a ride on their mothers back for a few days and the male can be seen feeding them whilst still on their mother’s back. The lake the hide is moored on also has other species breeding and feeding on it as well so there is always something interesting to focus your camera on. The lake is long and thin and split into 2 with an island that runs the length of it and there are tall trees surrounding the lake making for interesting dark reflections on the still, sheltered water.
These birds are viewable at the following hides: The Floating Hide