Great Crested Grebe.These birds are all year residents,who breed on the reserve.Beautiful birds,who mate for life.They carry their young on their backs until fully fledged and are able to feed and fend for themselves.This image shows the birds displaying and going through their mating ritual.
 
 
 
 
Gtr Crested Grebe
 
 
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Grt Crested Grebe with chicks.
 
 
 
Grt Crested Grebe with chicks(early digiscoped shot,taked from the Hodbarrow RSPB reserve.)
 
 
Little Grebe(known as "Dabchick") not as common as the Grt Crested ,but we often  do have an overwintering pair on our reserve.
 
 
 
Female building her nest.
 
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