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Mark Billiau.

Pro Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

Great Crested Grebe

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

Shot was made out of this hut

Bird spotting hut
Bird spotting hut
Mark Billiau.

Comments 40

  • Miguel SR flowers 09/02/2011 17:45

    Great bird photo Marc, Congrats. Excellent colors and moment captured.
    Thanks for commenting my flower photo. I have a different account for animals, I love birds too, if you care to take a look:
  • teototi 07/02/2011 22:29

    Nice shot!
  • TeresaM 06/06/2011 9:20

    Belle et lumineuse vision sur ce battement d'ailes.
    Encore une excellente capture, Mark ;-)
    Bonne journée & Amitiés,
  • Rikki und Winni 06/05/2011 21:55

    What a wonderful picture!!
  • Josef Kainz 06/05/2011 20:46

    Gut erwischt ein sehr schönes Foto
    Gruß Josef
  • aline64 06/05/2011 20:28

    Un excellent shoot de cette grèbe, le reflet est splendide !! bravo Mark
  • Denis- 06/05/2011 20:21

    Excellente prise de vue !
  • John Mc D 06/05/2011 20:02

    Wonderful capture
  • Lawson McCulloch 06/05/2011 14:23

    Hi Mark, I lost my Internet for a few weeks, but thankfully I am back and able to view this beautiful shot.
    best wishes from Lawson.
  • Anca Silvia B. 06/05/2011 13:17

    Wunderbar Mark...lg anca
  • Mauro Stradotto 06/04/2011 23:20

    Una fantastica immagine, ricca di dinamismo e colore!
    Interessante come sempre la didascalia, bravo!
    Have a nice sunday,
  • carinart 06/04/2011 14:22

    Du kannst wirklich toll fotografieren, um es einmal ganz einfach auszudrücken! Die Federn, die Spiegelung - alles abgestimmt!
    L.G. Karin
  • Nordeifeler 06/04/2011 6:18

    Klasse!! einmal Flügel ausschlagen..schön erwischt Marc..
  • Die Mohnblumen 06/03/2011 5:46

    Eine schöne Aufnahme, klasse präsentiert. +++
    LG K-H
  • Hans-Reiner Bohn 06/02/2011 10:51

    starke Arbeit, toller Moment!
    g, reiner
  • Ushie Farkas 06/02/2011 1:27

    GROSSARTIG, Mark! Gruß Ushie
  • Adele Oliver 06/02/2011 0:10

    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.
    cheers, Adele
  • CsomorLászló 06/01/2011 20:49

    beautiful nature photography Mark!
  • Vera M. Shulga 06/01/2011 20:10

    Really,a great BIRD! Very interesting info about it.
    Thanks a lot,Mark!
  • Alfred Schultz 06/01/2011 19:15

    Patience and patience again.
    How else could you present such
    marvelous shots?
    Rgds. - A.
  • Andrea Sagawe 06/01/2011 19:14

    Wonderful captured pose

  • Vitória Castelo Santos 06/01/2011 19:13

    So wonderful ans sweet picture!!!!1
    Regards Mark
  • Rico Beer 06/01/2011 18:44

    Wärmste Farben lassen den Haubentaucher mit seinen Perlen wunderschön aussehen.
    LG Rico
  • willy ombret 06/01/2011 18:43

    excellent moment de la prise de vue
    très belle photo
    willy ombret
  • Angelika El. 06/01/2011 15:54

    Ganz, ganz wunderbar!!! In herrlichem Licht hast Du diesen prächtigen Vogel aufgenommen und die Spiegelung ist der Hingucker schlechthin!!!