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Great Crested Grebes

Annmarie came along on an Urban Wildlife photo workshop in July and captured these wonderful pics of a great crested grebe family! Having added some summer workshop dates to make up for spring's lockdown restrictions, it was a rare treat to find this family group. We often see the grebes' impressive courtship dance in winter, but only once have I seen the delightful chicks, riding on their parents' backs. For Annmarie, it was a magical first encounter...

"Of all the wildlife to photograph in Regents Park on my nature workshop with Paul, the great crested grebes were at the top of my wishlist - and I was delighted that we found a pair on the lake with their two chicks."

"At first there was just one grebe swimming on the lake. Paul encouraged me to shoot at a very low level for a more intimate image, and at different angles to take advantage of the reflecting greenery in the lake. I followed the grebe as it dived, tracking it with my camera's AI Servo AF mode, to capture its lovely splash."