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The graceful Great Crested Grebe is a familiar sight on our lakes and reservoirs, and is well-known for its elaborate courtship dance, during which it rises vertically out of the water and shakes its head.
Species information
Grebes and divers
Length: 45-51cm
Wingspan: 88cm
Weight: up to 1.1kg
Average lifespan: 10-15 years
Conservation status
Common. Classified in the UK as Green under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015).
When to see
January to December
Grebes are diving waterbirds, feeding on small fish and aquatic invertebrates. A little bit larger than a Coot, Great Crested Grebes nest on floating platforms made up of waterweed. They can be found on lakes and reservoirs everywhere.


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Hi, Donnajames. I wish it was my knowledge, but I am looking things up on the net and passing information along to accompany these beautiful and unusual birds. I am learning as I go, and that makes Jigidi fun.


Thank you again for all your knowledge you pass on. Living in the desert southwest, we see vultures, hawks, humming birds, roadrunners and the like. Not much of beautiful colorful birds. Some of the humming birds are pretty but not spectacular as in some pictures I've seen. :-)


from Audubon's "Birds of AmericA":
This beautiful species returns from its northern places of residence, and passes over the Western Country, about the beginning of September. A few remain on the lower parts of the Ohio, on the Mississippi, and the lakes in their neighbourhood, but the greater number proceed towards the Mexican territories. They pass swiftly through the air, at a height of about a hundred yards, in flocks of from seven or eight to fifty or more, proceeding in a loose body, and propelling themselves by continued flappings, their necks and feet stretched out to their full length. I have observed them thus passing in autumn, for several years in succession, over different parts of the Ohio, at all hours of the day. On such occasions I could readily distinguish the old from the young, the former being in many instances still adorned with their summer head-dress. I never saw this species near the sea-coast, where, on the contrary, I have met with the Red-necked Grebe.


You can find these here in the States?? Wow!


wonderful attitude!!❣️

What a beauty!