Great Crested Grebe family - 2017
Great Crested Grebe often breed on the larger lake at Barnwell Country Park. In 2017 I followed a family from nesting to independence.
I missed the stunning courtship display, which occurs around March to May. Maybe next year?
I first spotted them nest building in early June. Being used to people walking around the park, they were not worried about me pointing a long lens at them. I did, however, find a secluded spot under some trees and observed them from a distance. I counted 5 eggs in the nest.
I was using a 400mm prime lens with a 1.4x extender on my Canon 7D Mark 2. I set up my tripod to keep the camera steady as handholding this combination can be tricky.