Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
Species
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus). Summer plumage. Taken at Thrupp Lake, Oxon., on April 3rd 2018.
Summer plumage. Taken at Thrupp Lake, Oxon., on April 3rd 2018.
(1/1000th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. . © David Hastings)
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus). Winter plumage. Taken at Thrupp Lake, Oxon., on October 25th 2011.
Winter plumage. Taken at Thrupp Lake, Oxon., on October 25th 2011.
(1/400th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus). Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 13th 2015.
Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 13th 2015.
(1/1000th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 46 - 51 cm; WS: 59 - 73 cm

An elegant waterbird with ornate head plumes, which almost caused its extinction in the UK due to over-hunting. Fortunately the population has now recovered. In winter the plumes are lost, the neck becomes white and a dark cap does not extend to the eye.

It is found over most of the British Isles, but is absent from northern Scotland and parts of Ireland.

Its usual habitats are lowland lakes, gravel pits, reservoirs and rivers. Nests are made from reed stems.

Great Crested Grebes dive to feed (mainly on fish), and also to escape, preferring this to flying. They have an elaborate courtship display in which they rise out of the water and shake their plumes.

This species is not threatened or rare in the UK.

Sightings

24-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
18-May-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (16)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
09-May-2018 : Whelford Pools, Glos (4)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (18+)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
22-Apr-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
19-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
15-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (19)
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (6)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
28-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3)
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)

30-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
26-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
16-Dec-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
19-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3+)
31-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Aug-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Jul-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
17-Jun-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
14-Jun-2017 : Whelford Pools, Glos (4)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
14-May-2017 : Whelford Pools, Glos
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
19-Mar-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Mar-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (4)
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)

26-Dec-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (1)
24-Dec-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)
11-Dec-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
22-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Oct-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
02-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
31-Jul-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)
31-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (2)
22-May-2016 : Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon (1)
08-May-2016 : Whelford Pools, Glos (2+4juv)
22-Apr-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
30-Mar-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
27-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (40+)
21-Feb-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (10+)
07-Feb-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
16-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
08-Jan-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
04-Jan-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (35+)

28-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
06-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Nov-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
07-Nov-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
18-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Oct-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
04-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Sep-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (5)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Aug-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
21-Aug-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (3)
15-Aug-2015 : Rushy Common, Oxon (1)
02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
07-Jun-2015 : Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon (2)
05-Jun-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
04-May-2015 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (1)
03-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Apr-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
05-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)
20-Mar-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (15+)
04-Mar-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
18-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
12-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
08-Feb-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)
02-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
17-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)

13-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
06-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
19-Nov-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
09-Nov-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Oct-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
17-Oct-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
28-Sep-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Sep-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Aug-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (3)
25-Jul-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2ad,4juv)
20-Jul-2014 : Calvert Jubilee, Oxon (4)
16-Jun-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (6)
06-Jun-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (3)
01-Jun-2014 : Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon (5)
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-May-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
11-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (40+)
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c70)
26-Apr-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (2+)
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Apr-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
30-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3)
23-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12+)
20-Mar-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
19-Mar-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
15-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
10-Mar-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
09-Mar-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
01-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3+)
26-Feb-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
22-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
12-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
05-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
02-Jan-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon