Went to Flatford Mill yesterday for a visit – there are several walks you can take around the area – one took us to this little lake owned by the National Trust. It was home to a pair of great crested grebes.
At first view the photo looks like a pair of great crested grebes – the one on the left with ruffled feathers
In fact the pair have a brood of young chicks
Which ride on the backs of the adult birds – the chicks have pretty little zebra faces
There are in fact 5 chicks
Every now and again the adult flaps its wings to dislodge the chicks and give them some swimming practice
The other adult seems happy to still be a pontoon!
Eventually that adult dislodges the chick and goes and catches fish for the youngsters
Classic behaviour rarely viewed – what a privilege to have seen it