Great crested grebe
Scientific name: Podiceps cristatus
The graceful great crested grebe is a familiar sight on our lakes and reservoirs, and is well-known for its elaborate courtship dance, during which it rises vertically out of the water and shakes its head.
Weight: up to 1.1kg
Average lifespan: 10-15 years
Common. Classified in the UK as Green under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015).