Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

A small, brown bird seen in freshwater wetlands on ponds with vegetation and feeds on small fishes, crustaceans and insects and migrates South when water surface freezes.

How To Identify

The bird is generally brown to dark grey and has a light grey short but strong beak with a black ring during the breeding season.

Where and When to Spot

During spring, summer and autumn in ponds diving for food or hidden within the vegetation. I have seen this species in different parks with a larger pond.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc de la Frayère

    Sunday, July 7, 2019

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/2500s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 320

  • Parc Angrignon

    Saturday, September 30, 2017

    NIKON D500
    150-600mm f/5-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 900

  • Parc Angrignon

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/320s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 160


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Podilymbus podiceps