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By KarenFB
We were walking beside the flood prevention channel in Exeter, when we spotted this pair of Grebes and their youngster swimming along. All of a sudden there was a flurry and the youngster had disappeared - it had climbed aboard one of the parents.

Next thing we saw was the other parent chasing a Cormorant..............goodness, they can move fast! All we could really see was the Cormorant and Grebe 'porpoising' down the channel!

When the Cormorant was far enough away the parent came back and the family swam quietly around, glaring at all the gulls!!

Not the sharpest of images (compared to some on here), but what a memory and I thought I'd share! Smile

Tags: Birds Great crested grebe Wildlife and nature

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1 Aug 2014 10:06AM
Great shots!

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Ted447 Plus
3 187 1 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2014 10:17AM
Well caught. Ted. GrinGrin
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
1 Aug 2014 10:49AM
Excellent, Karen, I have never seen one of these beautiful birds before. Carol
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
1 Aug 2014 12:24PM
A great shot ,lovely colour on the waterSmile
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2014 1:05PM
Excellent capture of these very protective parents Karen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
Great capture Karen.

KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
1 Aug 2014 2:14PM
Thank you everyone! Smile
Lovely capture Karen.

cantona43 Plus
11 924 4 England
1 Aug 2014 9:11PM
a wonderful shot Karen and what circumstances you saw
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2014 9:24PM
Lovely story Karen and a very nice image to go with it
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
2 Aug 2014 6:17AM
Thank you! Smile
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
7 Aug 2014 9:32PM
They are looking left and right but not straight ahead as they have failed to spot you and your camera!Wink Well done you on catching this small family.
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
8 Aug 2014 5:53AM
Thanks Ed. Smile

The relief channel path is a very busy thoroughfare, lots of people and dogs, I think the Grebes are used to us now! Smile

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