This Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) is pictured sitting on a single egg in the nest with a newly hatched chick next to a broken egg shell. Like all grebes, it nests on the water's edge, since its legs are set relatively far back and it is unable to walk very well. Usually two eggs are laid, and the fluffy, striped young grebes are often carried on the adult's back. The young have striped black and white heads, much like zebras. They lose these markings when they become adults.
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