Story: Wetland birds

Australasian crested grebe nest

Australasian crested grebe nest

An Australasian crested grebe sits on its large floating nest on Lake Alexandrina in South Canterbury. It is brooding a stripy chick on its back – grebes often swim like this too. The adult has a topknot-like crest and a prominent neck ruff, both of which are raised and fluffed out during courtship displays

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Grebes and dabchicks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015