CROWNED QUEEN OF THE WATER BIRDS

Great Crested Grebe
Artist : Barrie Morris
Media : Mixed Media
Size : 40 x 50 cm. (plus frame)

Price : £1,950.00 (inc. VAT)

GREAT CRESTED GREBE (Podiceps cristatus)                                                         JULY

This singular looking bird is indigenous to many parts of Britain and remains here all year round. The breeding Grebe is a familiar sight on the Norfolk Broads, as seen here, passing the ruins of St. Benet’s Abbey, Ludham. Their habitat is among lakes, ponds, rivers and sea creeks or anywhere bordered by reeds. Although they can fly, whilst involved with their nest, they always dive for their food of small fish, crustacea, water-insects, small frogs and parts of plants. Their nests tend to be part-sunk and very messy. The parents pair for life and haunt the same nesting places year after year. The young swim immediately after they are hatched, scrambling on and off the mother’s back, but the parent is very protective of the young, taking them down into the dive,secured under her wings. Almost hunted to extinction in 19th century Britain for its magnificent head plumes, the Grebe’s distinctive crowning glory, the frill, disappears in autumn.