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Great Crested Grebe showing off their head crest feathers

Great Crested Grebes perform their amazing 'penguin dance' this month.  It's actually a courtship display which starts with a lot of head shaking and fluffing out their head crest feathers.

Great Crested Grebe presents his partner with pondweed

Great Crested Grebes doing the Penguin Dance

It culminates with both birds rising up on the water, paddling like crazy, and presenting each other with a piece of pond weed.  In this upright position the birds resemble a pair of penguins, hence the name.

More info at: UK Safari Great Crested grebes Fact File

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