Great Crested Grebes are resident birds in the UK. They can be found on lakes, slow rivers, gravel pits and also found in coastal waters in winter. The photo above shows a bird in summer plumage. In winter they lack the distinctive crest and are a drab grey and white. Young grebes are delightful zebra-striped creatures capable of swimming and diving almost at hatching. During the first two to three weeks they ride on the parents' back in turn while the other adult brings food.