Australasian Crested Grebe
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Here are the male and female grebes courting in the third week of October.

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The eggs have been laid, I think there are five eggs. The bird sits motionless for hours on end.

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This photo shows the nest made from hundreds of willow sticks, and anchored to protruding branches. The nest was flooded in some heavy rains.

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Second week in December, there's two chicks and they ride around on their parents backs.

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Sometimes Mum and Dad take one each.

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Fish for lunch.

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This is how the chicks get back on board, they wriggle and struggle their way up, aided by a few propelling kicks when in the water. When they want to go for a swim, the chicks launch themselves ungracefully over the side of the adult.

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The amazing Grebes at Lake Hayes, here’s mum with two chicks nice and cosy riding on her back. 

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This image was entered in the Otago Museum’s 2018 Widlife Photography Competition and was chosen as ‘2018 Exhibition Image’.