Great Crested Grebe.

A very elegant water bird with ornate head plumes which in the past led to it being hunted for its feathers, at one time they were almost lost in the UK.

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They dive to feed and also to escape, preferring this to flight. On land they are clumsy because their feet are placed so far back on their bodies. They have an elaborate courtship display in which they rise out of the water and shake their heads sometimes with weed hanging from their beaks. Very young grebes often ride on their parents’ backs. These birds are far off in Southampton Water at Hamble and are almost too far out to capture with the lens.

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