Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Great Crested Grebe, Lake Menindee, NSW, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Lake Menindee, NSW, Australia
March 2006

The Great Crested Grebe is distributed throughout most of Europe and across southern Asia to China. It is also found in Australasia and parts of Africa. This is the sub-species P. c. australis which is very similar to the nominate but tends to keep its breeding plumage throughout the year. See photos of nominate.

This is not a great photo but it shows a Great Crested Grebe resting in a typical pose with its neck bent backward and its bill tucked into its body. The bird in the foreground is a Common Coot Fulica atra.

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