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Courting Great Crested Grebe

By Andysnapper

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.



Tags: Birds General Great crested grebe Wildlife and nature

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Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
10 May 2013 6:42AM
This is one superb image Andy !! Excellent capture Smile

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Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
10 May 2013 6:49AM
A fine shot of this courting couple, superbly captured on camera
S_Psharma 4 1 India
10 May 2013 7:12AM
Great capture.
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 7:31AM
Brilliantly captured Andy, a super shot with a interesting and informative narrative.
10 May 2013 7:35AM
What a handsome couple they make....
10 May 2013 7:36AM
Lovely image. Great PoV.
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 7:36AM
A beautiful shot and I'd love to watch this display- perhaps one day I will witness it.
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 7:45AM
Brilliant Andy lovely detail.
johnke 3 223 15
10 May 2013 8:46AM
Good work Andy, and thanks for the info, super detail and color...John
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
10 May 2013 10:14AM
Like the description, Andy, but don't think I shall be trying it! TongueGrinGrin Lovely image of the courting couple.

10 May 2013 10:21AM
Stunning capture of these tw o love birds !!!Smile well taken Andy
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
10 May 2013 6:53PM
Superb capture....GrinGrin
ourdayphotos 4 229 Scotland
13 May 2013 8:55PM
Lovely nature shot.
Merbert Plus
7 5 1 Australia
17 May 2013 7:14AM
Good to take this to 30.
Thanks for sharing

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