Pied-billed grebe adult and juvenile
The first two photos were taken in late July. Pied-billed grebes tend to be shy, but my husband and I arrived early at this marsh where many grebe families were out and about. We sneaked around behind tall cattails, which worked for a while.
OOPS! The adult detetected our presence and both dove into the water. Their feet are not webbed. Instead, they have lobes on the sides of each toe which make it easy for them to paddle. Pied-bill grebes rarely fly and, when they do, they usually do so at night.
Adults are 31 to 38 centimetres (12 to 15 inches) in length. Their brown colour makes it easy for them to hide among cattails.
Looking for grub
They feed mainly on aquatic invertebrates but sometimes dine on small fish and frogs.
I'm not sure what this grebe is eating here. Whatever it was,it was consumed very fast.