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Crested Grebe


Crested Grebe
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Copyright: Mike Schwebag (SchwebagMike) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 53] (441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): "Haff Réimech", Luxembourg. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-23 14:12
Viewed: 3949
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Crested Grebe, Haff Réimech" natural reserve, Remerschen, Luxembourg.

Wiki says the Great Wested Greve (Podiceps cristatus) is a member of the grebe family of water birds.

It 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 very far back and it cannot walk well. Usually two eggs are laid, and the striped young are sometimes carried on the adult's back. Young grebes are capable of swimming and diving almost at hatching. The Crested Grebe feeds mainly on fish, but also little crustaceans, insects and little frogs.

"Haff Réimech" is a large natural reserve with exceptional wild flowers and lots of birds. It is in fact a flooded old gravel pit, with some very nice walking paths and three birdwatch stations.


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