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Morning,

A couple of GCB's today in the middle of their courting dance. They can dance for hours, both birds raise their crests, flare their fiery throat feathers and mantle their wings. Alternately, the birds bob and shake their heads, remaining beak to beak for long periods. One bird may then dash away – the retreat display – only to suddenly turn and face its pursuing partner. The birds then make synchronised dives and emerge holding weed in their bills. They then rear up, chest to chest, feet paddling madly and offer each other a weedy present. Though the water is frothing below them during this ‘weed dance’, the two birds remain remarkably poised.

Quite a brilliant display really.

Cheers

Andy

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Courting Great Crested Grebe
Username:Andysnapper Andysnapper
Uploaded:10 May 2013 - 6:28 AM
Tags:Birds, General, Great crested grebe, Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
10 May 2013 - 6:42 AM

This is one superb image Andy !! Excellent capture Smile

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat Plus Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 6:49 AM

A fine shot of this courting couple, superbly captured on camera

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 7:12 AM

Great capture.

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marktc Plus Member 460 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 7:31 AM

Brilliantly captured Andy, a super shot with a interesting and informative narrative.

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barbarahirst
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10 May 2013 - 7:35 AM

What a handsome couple they make....

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M_squared
M_squared Plus Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
10 May 2013 - 7:36 AM

Lovely image. Great PoV.

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SUE118
SUE118 Plus Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 7:36 AM

A beautiful shot and I'd love to watch this display- perhaps one day I will witness it.

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bobsblues
bobsblues  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 7:45 AM

Brilliant Andy lovely detail.
Rob

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johnke  2126 forum posts South Africa12 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 8:46 AM

Good work Andy, and thanks for the info, super detail and color...John

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WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51214 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England141 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 10:14 AM

Like the description, Andy, but don't think I shall be trying it! TongueGrinGrin Lovely image of the courting couple.

Dave

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anglingandyq Plus Member 2anglingandyq vcard England
10 May 2013 - 10:21 AM

Stunning capture of these tw o love birds !!!Smile well taken Andy

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ColleenA Plus Member 2230 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2013 - 6:53 PM

Superb capture....GrinGrin

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ourdayphotos
13 May 2013 - 8:55 PM

Lovely nature shot.

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Merbert Plus Member 5Merbert vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2013 - 7:14 AM

Good to take this to 30.
Thanks for sharing
Norbert

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