Tony Keene birds.co.uk Tony Keene birds.co.uk where I'm based
 
 Artwork
      Paintings
      Sketches
 
 Photography
      Australian Birds
      Japanese Birds
      New Zealand Birds
      Swiss Birds
      British Birds
      Birds Elsewhere
      Hybrid Birds
      Escaped Birds
 
      Taxonomic list
 
      Australian Mammals   New!
      Australian Reptiles
      Australian Frogs
 
 Trip Reports
 
 Translation guide
 
All images are subject to copyright (unless otherwise stated) and may not be used or reproduced without permission.

Great Crested Grebe
Podiceps cristatus

Great Crested grebes are one of the most attractive birds in Britain, but were very nearly wiped out in the late 1800s due to the hat trade as their plumes were considered very fashionable. At one point, there were only 46 pairs, but since they have recovered well. The chicks are black and white-striped (as seen in picture 3). Picture 4 is an adult in Winter plumage, when they lose the crests. Picture 5 is of an adult coming into its summer plumage.
 

Great Crested Grebe  Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe  Great Crested Grebe

1: Sandford Lake, Dinton Pastures LNR, 02/05/2006.
2-3: Radipole Lake RSPB, Weymouth, 16/06/2006.
4: Black Swan Lake, Dinton Pastures, 02/01/2007.
5: Lavell's Lake, Dinton Pastures LNR, 02/02/2007.