Animal of the day – 2/04/2014 – The Great Crested Grebe

800px-Podiceps_cristatus_2_-_Lake_DulvertonThe animal of the day is the Great Crested Grebe. (Did you know: These excellent swimmers and divers are the largest member of the Grebe family! Because their legs are positioned so far back on their bodies, they look very awkward on land.

Also, their babies have characteristic stripes and are super cute!

Also, their babies have characteristic stripes and are super cute!

And they even have a complicated and adorable mating courtship dance! (Like many birds, these mate for life).