A pied-billed grebe with some ducks. Mallards?
I first posted a picture of this bird with eggs back in June. One chick has hatched and at least two eggs remain in the nest.
Three chicks observed with this one riding on the back of the adult.
These are not the same pair that I posted a nesting shot for. Still waiting for those chicks to hatch.
This is the same bird and nest previously posted, but here she is sitting on the eggs. Photo credit: Ron Hunter
Nest with eggs can be seen in the top right of photo. The bird returned to the nest after I walked by.
The Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) is a species of the grebe family of water birds. Since the Atitlán Grebe (Podilymbus gigas) has become extinct, it is the sole extant member of the genus Podilymbus. The Pied-billed Grebe is primarily found in ponds throughout the Americas. Other names of this grebe include American dabchick, dabchick, Carolina grebe, devil-diver, dive-dapper, dipper, hell-diver, pied-billed dabchick, thick-billed grebe, and water witch.