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Great Crested Grebe with its chick, Bulgaria, 5 July 2015, (C) Ghassan Ramadan Jaradi

EID MUBARAK

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A very happy Eid – full of wonderful feasts, jubilation and happiness!

The Great Crested Grebe winters in Lebanon and passes during migration throughout the country. The scientific adviser of SPNL , Dr Ghassan Ramadan Jaradi, photographed this Great Crested Grebe with its chick in Sofia last week. SPNL thought that this species may well symbolize the happiness of Eid El Fitr because of its interesting dancing ritual where pairs raise and shake their heads and approach each other with weed in their bills. This largest grebe of our area is a good swimmer and diver and it contributes to the balance of the ecosystem as it feeds on small fishes, small frogs, crabs, and insects of freshwater. In the 19th century, the Great Crested Grebe became nearly extinct because of the demand on its orange head feathers to decorate clothes and hats. Fortunately, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) reversed the situation through effective conservation measures.

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