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Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

Description:

Taken from Wikipedia: Pied-billed grebes are small, stocky, and short-necked. They are 31–38 cm (12–15 in) in length, with a wingspan of 45–62 cm (18–24 in) and weigh 253–568 g (8.9–20.0 oz). They are mainly brown, with a darker crown and back. Their brown color serves as camouflage in the marshes they live in. They do not have white under their wings when flying, like other grebes. Their undertail is white and they have a short, blunt chicken-like bill that is a light grey color, which in summer is encircled by a broad black band (hence the name). In the summer, its throat is black. There is no sexual dimorphism. Juveniles have black and white stripes and look more like winter adults. This grebe does not have webbed feet. Its toes have lobes that come out of the side of each toe. These lobes allow for easy paddling. When flying, the feet appear behind the body due to the feet's placement in the far back of the body. It may be confused with the least grebe, although that species is smaller and has a thinner bill.

Habitat:

Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland, FL.

Notes:

A first for me. I didn't know anything about grebe's until I had to look up and ID this one.

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Musicwolf
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Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 29, 2014
Submitted on Jan 1, 2015

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