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great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-26
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-16 1:43
Viewed: 1113
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) is a member of the grebe family of water birds noted for its elaborate mating display.
The great crested grebe is the largest member of the grebe family found in the Old World, with some larger species residing in the Americas. They measure 46–51 cm (18–20 in) long with a 59–73 cm (23–29 in) wingspan and weigh 0.9 to 1.5 kg (2.0 to 3.3 lb).It is an excellent swimmer and diver, and pursues its fish prey underwater. The adults are unmistakable in summer with head and neck decorations. In winter, this is whiter than most grebes, with white above the eye, and a pink bill.

The young are distinctive because their heads are striped black and white. They lose these markings when they become adults.
The great crested grebe breeds in vegetated areas of freshwater lakes. The subspecies P. c. cristatus is found across Europe and Asia. It is resident in the milder west of its range, but migrates from the colder regions. It winters on freshwater lakes and reservoirs or the coast. The African subspecies P. c. infuscatus and the Australasian subspecies P. c. australis are mainly sedentary.
The great crested grebe has an elaborate mating display. Like all grebes, it nests on the water's edge, since its legs are set relatively far back and it is thus unable to walk very well. Usually two eggs are laid, and the fluffy, striped young grebes are often carried on the adult's back. In a clutch of two or more hatchlings, male and female grebes will each identify their 'favourites', which they alone will care for and teach

Unusually, young grebes are capable of swimming and diving almost at hatching. The adults teach these skills to their young by carrying them on their back and diving, leaving the chicks to float on the surface; they then re-emerge a few feet away so that the chicks may swim back onto them.

The great crested grebe feeds mainly on fish, but also small crustaceans, insects and small frogs.

This species was hunted almost to extinction in the United Kingdom in the 19th century for its head plumes, which were used to decorate hats and ladies' undergarments. The RSPB was set up to help protect this species, which is again a common sight.

The great crested grebe and its behaviour was the subject of one of the landmark publications in avian ethology: Julian Huxley's 1914 paper on The Courtship‐habits of the Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

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Hello Siegfried,
Beautiful pair of this Great Crested Grebe. I always prefer such natural habitat shot. Splendid color...with soft light.
Thanks for showing this beautiful bird,
Best regards and have a relaxing Sunday,

Hallo Siegfried,
really beautiful and good captured picture of this nice couple.
Also good information.
greetings from monique

Ciao Siggi, great capture of lovely couple in a beautiful ambientation, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-16 7:29]

Hello Sigi,
Very nice photo of this pair of grebes in their natural environment. Taken from an excellent low POV. Good sharpness, details and very beautiful natural colours.

You are delving into your archives to share these lovely images, Siegfried.
This is a lovely pair of Grebes looking majestic in their natural habitat.
The settings are very authentic.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-08-16 10:40]

Hello Siggi,
Remarkably beautiful with very ornate headdresses. Contrasting colors are gorgeous and detail is super sharp. Captured in their natural habitat and displaying very attractive poses. I like the exposure and you obtained nice DOF. Great shot!!

Hello Siggi
lovely scene of this couple of grebes captured in a beautiful natural habitat, details and colors are excellent
Have AAa good night

Hello Sigi

Very beautiful image of Podiceps cristatus in its natural environment, fine details, beautiful natural colors, useful info.



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-20 15:35]

Hi Siggi,spectacular couple taken in a magnificent way,on of your best pic for me,well done as usual and very sharp despite the distance.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2015-09-01 4:35]

Hallo Siggi,
Schönes, lebhaftes Bild, es gefällt mir sehr. Herzlichen Dank für den Besuch bei mir. es hat mich sehr gefreut.
Einen schönen Nachmittag wünscht Dir

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