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Great Crested Grebes and chicks…

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

I have spent a significant amount of time this month with a family of Great Crested Grebes.

This time last year I undertook exactly the same project only to see the Grebes nest destroyed after three weeks of incubation. I wasn’t certain what caused the devastation but it left me down heartened at the time and I gave up on the project.

This year I decided to have another try. Initially, I spent several days just watching these graceful birds as they constructed their nest. As soon as the eggs were laid and the adult birds were comfortable with my presence, I started to take some images of the birds. Over the next four weeks of incubation I spent lots of time with the Grebes. I knew the chicks wouldn’t arrive for around 4 weeks but I wanted the Grebes to be totally relaxed in my company when their young came into the world.

Fortunately this year both the Grebes and myself were successful. They brought two new Grebes into the world and I got an image or two…