New Forest Wildlife Photography

Great Crested Grebe surfacing

The Great Crested Grebe is one of my favourite UK waterbirds. Their striking plumage and elegant springtime courtship “dance” seem clear proof that nature has an eye for the aesthetic!

This image was captured at the Testwood Lakes nature reserve on the Forest’s western edge near Southampton. A certain amount of stealth was required, creeping closer to the water’s edge while the grebe was diving beneath the surface!