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Going through some older images, I am having trouble ID-ing this grebe (I believe).  It doesn't help that it is wet and, I presume, in winter plumage.  I am leaning towards Eared Grebe.

Image captured near Port Aransas, Texas in February of 2014.

Thanks for any help,
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Hmm, all of the Pied-billed I've photographed seemed to have fairly short lighter colored bills with a very prominent dark band.  Do the bills darken with winter plumage?

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Just now, VikingVagabond said:

Hmm, all of the Pied-billed I've photographed seemed to have fairly short lighter colored bills with a very prominent dark band.  Do the bills darken with winter plumage?

Art

Yes, nonbreeding and immature plumages have darker bills that lack a band.

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Posted (edited)

@akandula Would I be correct in saying that this is a young bird, that has just molted out of immature plumage?   

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I'll back @akandula.  I've seen plenty of off-season Pied-Billeds with dark bills.  Here are two, one each way, and a juvie for the heck of it.

All from Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta GA, although not from the same date.

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1 hour ago, VikingVagabond said:

February

Ops! I thought this was resent.

 

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