Pictured: A great crested Grebe in Blackwall Basin, London

A great crested grebe nurses two young on its back in Blackwall Basin, London. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA.

A great crested grebe nurses two young on her back in Blackwall Basin, London. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA.

The RSPB tells us:

A great crested Grebe is a delightfully elegant waterbird with ornate head plumes which led to their being hunted for their feathers, almost leading to their extermination from the UK.

They dive to feed and also to escape, preferring this to flying.

On land they are clumsy because their feet are placed so far back on their bodies. They have an elaborate courtship display in which they rise out of the water and shake their heads.

Very young grebes often ride on their parents’ backs.

Source: The Guardian

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