Great Crested Grebe
The Great Crested Grebe (podiceps cristatus) is a member of the family of grebes (podicipedidae). It breeds on fresh water lakes and larger ponds with reed-covered shores.
Particularly striking is its courtship behavior which occurs in the open water and can be observed very well. Part of its courtship display is intense head-shaking with spread head plume, as well as the so-called penguin dance, wherein the birds lift themselves almost vertically out of the water in front of each other by paddling wildly with their feet.
For many years these beautiful birds have been breeding in our close proximity, in a wellaccessible area. During our many visits, many pictures of these birds were taken. We present a selection of these photos in this project.