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Urban great crested grebe nest
[Macro image of a great crested grebe sitting on its nest.]

I spotted this great crested grebe brooding on its nest in the canal at Westerdok in Amsterdam. I thought its nest was a remarkable construction: the usual twigs, but also bits of plastic rubbish, and finishing touches of hollyhock. I was also impressed by the two female mallard duck bodyguards who immediately rushed over when I started taking photos. They didn't quack, but eyed me up silently as they circled the nest at a careful distance.

We were staying on a barge nearby for three nights and I checked on the grebe morning and evening. I don't believe it stirred from the nest in that time, so hopefully soon there will be some freshly hatched urban grebes learning to navigate the Dutch canal system!

Date: 2017-07-17 04:09 pm (UTC)
taichara: (Asimov - gogogo!)
From: [personal profile] taichara
Omg, that is an awesome grebe and an awesome picture <3

Date: 2017-07-17 04:36 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Wow! What a great bird!

Date: 2017-07-17 04:43 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
What a gorgeous bird!

I like the hollyhock bits in the nest. Wonder if the buds will open..

Date: 2017-07-17 04:57 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Mama duck and babies (NAT-EdwinaBabies-yourlibrarian)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
They didn't quack, but eyed me up silently as they circled the nest at a careful distance.

That's nice to think that they watch out for one another. And yes, a cool nest to see.

Date: 2017-07-17 05:38 pm (UTC)
turlough: swans on river at sunset ((other) evening twilight)
From: [personal profile] turlough
What a cool photo!

I'd no idea crested grebes could nest in cities. Here in Sweden they're definitely birds of the countryside.

Date: 2017-07-17 10:24 pm (UTC)
shirebound: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shirebound
That's marvelous camouflage. You have a good eye.

Date: 2017-07-18 12:23 am (UTC)
marycatelli: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marycatelli
Nice shot!

Date: 2017-07-21 04:38 pm (UTC)
manuleanders: (Default)
From: [personal profile] manuleanders
That really is a great nest. Neat find!

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