Great Crested Grebes
Great Crested Grebes are common birds in the Netherlands, they find suitable habitats from the canals in Amsterdam to nature reserves where they breed in the summer. They winter in larger open waters and at sea where they gather in large numbers following where the fish are. Their main diet is fish but also insects, frogs and lobsters. Grebes are known for putting in beautiful displays. They make a small floating nest where they lay about four eggs which hatch after four weeks. The young are carried on the back of one parent while the other feeds them, keeping them safe from predators. After about two month the young are venturing out for themselves making room for the parents for a second breeding.