This page contains a pied-billed grebe, an American coot and several hooded mergansers.

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An adult pied-billed grebe.
[A water bird about half the size of a duck. It has a pointed bill and  compact body.]

A view of the grebe's face.
[The bird is facing the camera so both eyes can be seen as it moves through the grass-laden water.]

This bird spends much of its time bobbing its head into the water which produces concentric circles seen here.
[The bird's head faces the camera as it sits in the water amid radiating concentric circle waves.]

This American coot appeard here in early December foraging the water for plant life to eat.
This bird is not part of the duck family and actually has lobed scales on their feet rather than webbing.
[This bird sitting in the water appears to be a strangely colored duck. Its body is grey and its head and neck are black. It has red eyes and a white beak with a dark stripe across it near the tip.]

The American coot profile. It was too far inside the pipe to get any more detail than this.
[The bird is standing in shallow water in a large pipe which forms the underside of an arch for a bridge across the stormwater runoff channel. The birds pointed beak and rounded body (similar to a chicken in both regards) is clearly visible against the light reflecting off the water.]

Several hooded merganser pairs visited the pond in February.
[The image views the right side of a male as a female swims to the left of and slightly behind it. The male has a huge white splotch on its head and an orange eye. The female's coloring is subdued.]

This hooded merganser pair is making tracks across the pond.
[A female swims to the right of a male as we view the male's right side. The two of them have left a long wake in the water.]

The white pattern on this male's head is clearly different from the one on the first merganser photo. This female's coloring nearly blends into the reflections in the pond water.
[The female swims behind the male. This male's white splotch on its head is a very irregular shape.]

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