8th March 2015

Great Crested Grebe courtship– happening right now on freshwater near you! This pair were following their complex courtship displays this week in Yorkshire- I’m afraid they were the other side of the water- I hope to get closer pictures soon- but their display is fascinating. Great Crested Grebes develop extra ear-tufts just for this annual display. The male fetches weed from underwater and offers it to the female. They rise out of the water, shake heads in an elaborate ritual, and parallel swim. It is wonderful to watch. Conditions: Light showers with some sun, Temperature: Max 11- Min 2c.IMG_5173

The male dives for weed and offers it to the female

The male dives for weed and offers it to the female

She accepts and hey rise and 'dance' on the water

She accepts and hey rise and ‘dance’ on the water

They shake heads and twist necks in an elaborate courtship

They shake heads and twist necks in an elaborate courtship

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