Great Crested Grebes with babies

Great crested grebes - Podiceps cristatus - are the largest grebes in Europe.

They are well known for their elaborate courtship displays and for carrying their young on their backs.

Young grebes are delightful zebra-striped creatures capable of swimming and diving almost at hatching. During the first two to three weeks they ride on the parents' back in turn while the other adult brings food.

 

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Taken on June 20, 2012