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By PHILIP CHANDLER

This nesting southern crested grebe’s been spotted in one of three nesting platforms established in Queenstown Bay by Whakatipu Wildlife Trust in September.

The platforms, built by local Hans Arnestedt and sponsored by Mactodd and Mitre 10 Mega, give the rare and endangered water bird a safe nesting option.

Before this, the grebes nested — with disastrous results — on the back of commerical boats in the Bay, and on sand at the base of the lake wall.

The trust took advice from Wānaka grebe expert John Darby, whose platforms on Lake Wānaka have fled ged more than 300 chicks.

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