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Great Crested Grebes on Shadwell Basin

By on April 7, 2015 in Wildlife

Good to see a pair of Great Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus) on Shadwell Basin this morning.

Lets hope they manage to nest properly this year so we can see some grebelets to go with the swanlets. (Let’s not dwell on the fate of the ducklets…)

Grebes are famous for their mating ritual where they give each other gifts of twigs and leaves and mimic each others movements.

But our Wildlife Ranger (Photographic Team, Shadwell Division) failed to properly capture this. So here is a RSPB video of the mating ritual instead.

Great crested grebe from The RSPB on Vimeo.

Impressive, huh?

And now for some of our own grebes.

Great Crested Grebes Shadwell Basin

Great Crested Grebes Shadwell Basin

Great Crested Grebes Shadwell Basin

Grebes are also very impressive because of their ability to ‘fly’ underwater. Pretty cool skill when you think about it.

They stay under water for up to 20 – 60 seconds then surface about 15m away. Or wherever you are not looking at the time.

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Hopefully our Wildlife Ranger (Photographic Team, Shadwell Division) will do a better job next time and they will of course be only too happy to share their photos.

They might even be properly sharp….

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