Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus

A common and familiar species noted for its display that can often be seen in spring. Although they breed only on freshwater lakes the species is often observed on the sea outside of the breeding season.

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 24th March 2008

 

Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 11th March 2007

 

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Great Crested Grebes, Lyng-Eastaugh Fishing Lakes (Norfolk, UK), 18th December 2004

 

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Great Crested Grebe chick, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 24th June 2007

 

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juvenile Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 22nd July 2007. Probably the same bird as, or sibling of, the chick shown above.

 

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Great Crested Grebe with chicks, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 2nd June 2004

 

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Great Crested Grebe chick, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 1st September 2007

 

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displaying Great Crested Grebes, Malthouse Broad (Norfolk, UK), 21st February 2015 - a longer series of photos of these birds displaying is here.

 

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adult and chick Great Crested Grebes, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 31st July 2011

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 24th March 2012

 

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Great Crested Grebes, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 1st April 2012

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 4th April 2014

 

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Great Crested Grebes, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 26th April 2004

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 31st March 2007

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Lackford Lakes (Suffolk, UK), 5th April 2008

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Abberton Reservoir (Essex, UK), 21st August 2004

 

Great Crested Grebe, Ludo Farm (Algarve, Portugal), 29th April 2006

 

Great Crested Grebe, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 5th April 2008

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Cockshoot Broad (Norfolk, UK), 21st February 2015

 

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Great Crested Grebes, Salhouse Broad (Norfolk, UK), 21st February 2015

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Bittering GPs (Norfolk, UK), 15th August 2005

 

Great Crested Grebe, Lackford Lakes (Suffolk, UK), 5th April 2008

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Martham Broad (Norfolk, UK), 3rd April 2016

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 18th March 2005

 

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Great Crested Grebes, Thompson Water (Norfolk, UK), 12th March 2006

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 7th May 2011

 

Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 21st March 2004

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 18th February 2007

 

Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 13th January 2007

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 23rd December 2003

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 22nd April 2007

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 23rd February 2008

 

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Great Crested Grebes, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 22nd April 2007

 

Great Crested Grebe, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 3rd May 2007

 

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adult and chick Great Crested Grebes, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 21st April 2007

 

adult Great Crested Grebes, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 27th August 2007

 

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Great Crested Grebe chick, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 23rd September 2007

 

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Great Crested Grebe chick with adult, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 23rd September 2007. (same chick as above)

 

Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 14th October 2007

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leucistic Great Crested Grebe showing white patches mainly on back, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 14th October 2007

 

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leucistic Great Crested Grebe showing white patches mainly on back, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 23rd February 2008 - although not seen in between the two dates I had assumed this bird was the same returning bird as the similarly-aberrant bird shown above from the same lake; however thanks to grebe researcher André Konter for pointing out that the 2007 bird is a female whilst this one is a male (based on bill size)

 

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leucistic Great Crested Grebe showing white patches mainly on back (same bird as above, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 29th March 2008

 

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leucistic Great Crested Grebe showing white patches mainly on back (same bird as above, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 13th July 2008

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 21st December 2007

 

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Great Crested Grebes, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 30th December 2007

 

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Great Crested Grebes, River Bure at Woodbastwick (Norfolk, UK), 5th February 2011

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 23rd March 2008

 

Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 26th April 2004

 

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Great Crested Grebes, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 22nd April 2008

 

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adult and chick Great Crested Grebes, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 26th April 2008

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 18th May 2008

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 13th July 2008

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 11th February 2007

 

juvenile Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 21st June 2008

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 6th September 2008

 

Great Crested Grebes (adult and 2 chicks), Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 25th August 2008

 

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Great Crested Grebes, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 30th January 2011

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 29th March 2008

 

Great Crested Grebe, Barton Broad (Norfolk, UK), 21st January 2007

 

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Great Crested Grebe, Pensthorpe (Norfolk, UK), 9th March 2014

 

Great Crested Grebe, Riserva Naturale Orientata Biviere di Gela (Sicily, Italy), 28th April 2012

 

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displaying Great Crested Grebes, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 3rd May 2008 - a longer series of photos of these birds displaying is here.