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The Great Crested Grebe is a graceful bird that lives in vegetated areas of freshwater lakes.
It’s a strong diver and excellent swimmer, but a bad flyer !
This bird doesn’t like to fly as it must do a lot of efforts to lift its body into the air.
Moreover, if it flies, it's preferably always by night.
It’s really very seldom one can see a flying Great Crested Grebe by daylight.
The bird in the picture attempted to depart (in daylight, yes !) but gave up after a few efforts.
In summer, this bird is adorned with beautiful reddish-orange head plumes with black tips.
The species was hunted almost to extinction in the United Kingdom during Victorian times in the 19th century for its head plumes, which were used to decorate hats and ladies' undergarments !
Dutch name : Fuut
German name : Haubentaucher
Latin name : Podiceps cristatus
beautiful!!! both this shot and the whole species!! some of them live on the alster and in late spring you can watch them perform their mating rituals: sticking their heads together in a wildly romantic way and showing off their spectacular head crests! don't want to criticize the bird in the shot but part of the reason why he's a half-hearted flyer seems to be his well-fed body ; ))) – he looks just a little too chubby to beat gravity… greetings, sabine.
I share the willingness to fly with this beautiful species - without success so far:)) This is a lovely bird, the crest is impressive indeed and adds to its beauty. A great moment of its effort to take off. Rgds, Viola
A beautiful bird and capture .... lovely his orange-brown markings and the "hairdo", and you did get him with the wings spread and a nice reflection. We have grebes here, but not this crested species.
Great bird photo Marc, Congrats. Excellent colors and moment captured.
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