Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Great Crested Grebes...................................................... on the River Weaver

A few more images of the Great Crested Grebes on my local river... the Weaver.

A pair of GCG's were feeding close to the sluice at Dutton Locks as we had a short break to stretch our legs on our weekend boat trip.

 As we watched we noticed they were preparing a mating platform.

 This platform of reeds may eventually become the nest.

The female climbed onto the platform and lay down... waiting for her mate.

 The male responded to her advances.


The moment was over in the blink of an eye.

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

I love watching wildlife behaviour... being in the right place at the right time does take a bit of luck.
...plus a small amount of local knowledge.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday 

28 comments:

HansHB said...

Beautiful photos, well done!

TexWisGirl said...

and happy family to them!

Mama Zen said...

Amazing series!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Thrilling Andrew!

Sharon Whitley said...

what an amazing set of photos! thanks for sharing

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon Rivetr, Canada.

i stora drag said...

Very interesting story and pictures of the grebes!
/Pia

Brian King said...

Awesome shots, Andrew! There's only a very brief window for catching that.

Karen said...

Great shots, hope you go back to photograph the baby grebes!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

It's so gratifying to slow down and take a long look at what is around us.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Great shots of the Grebe.


Frank said...

A very well timed visit. Lovely shots Andrew.

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of your Grebe!

mick said...

A great series of photos of the behavior of the Grebes.

Giga said...

Byłeś w odpowiednim czasie w odpowiednim miejscu i wspaniałe zdjęcia zrobiłeś. Pozdrawiam.
You were in the right time at the right place and great pictures done. Yours.

pattisjarrett said...

Good job on getting these photos. That's a very unusual-looking bird.

Rajesh said...

Great sequence of bird shots in action.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Excellent series!

Stewart M said...

Great pictures - does the platform become the nest?

Cheers - Stewart M -and thanks for linking to WBW

Arija said...

You certainly captured the full show, well done. Hope to see further instalments as they raise a family.

Pete Shanley said...

Similar looking to a bird we also call a Great crested grebe in Australia - I'm now going to find out if they are "global". Great collection of shots

grammie g said...

Hi Andrew... Lovely shot's of the GCG's doing what comes naturally!!
Grace xx
Thanks for all your comments! : )

Dave said...

well captured Andrew - the rewards of that blink of an eye will be well on the way now

Ken Schneider said...

I can't tire of seeing your great shots of these grebes!

Carletta said...

Great captures Andrew!
Hope you'll keep an eye out to see if the nesting takes place.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are really lovely images of the Grebes~

Liz said...

Wonderful images, Andrew!!

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots! I love the one of the coots in the nest.