breeding adult; black throat flap, ring on bill (California, USA; 2006-03-26)

Pied-billed Grebe
Podilymbus podiceps

Native Range: North America and Latin America

Notes: a common small grebe of vegetated ponds, readily told by its stubby chicken-like bill and truncated rear end; feeds by diving head-first, but when trying to hide can also submerge slowly like a submarine; eats invertebrates such as crayfish, as well as aquatic vegetation.

nonbreeding adult; no sexual dimorphism (California, USA; 2007-12-29)

stout chicken-like bill; stubby rear end (California, USA; 2007-03-04)

nonbreeding adult; no black ring on bill (California, USA; 2007-03-04)

poised to submerge (California, USA; 2006-12-03)

submerging slowly (California, USA; 2006-12-03)

squabbling pair (California, USA; 2006-04-08)

adult with striped-headed chicks (California, USA; 2007-05-19)

breeding adult with chick (California, USA; 2007-06-16)

juvenile; still with striped head pattern (California, USA; 2006-05-06)

juvenile; striped head, red-and-black bill (California, USA; 2007-06-20)

nonbreeding adult posing for a portrait (California, USA; 2007-12-29)