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Great Crested Grebe
Podiceps cristatus

Probably the most common grebe in many parts of Europe, although this was not always the case as they were heavily hunted for the head feathers for ladies' hats. They have an elaborate pairing ritual (photo 1) involving lots of neck-twisting, dancing and the male giving the female gifts of water weeds. Males and females are alike. In winter, the plaumage is duller and the crest disappears (photo 3).
 

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

1-2: Biel/Bienne, 13/04/2008.
3: Neuchâtel, 20/01/2008.