My original plan was to put up a blog post today about the trip to Copan from the Lago de Yojoa region of Honduras but as I started looking through the pictures I hadn’t used yet from the first part of the Honduras trip I realized that I had quite a few shots of Pied-billed Grebes that it would be a shame to let go to waste.  So you get a bonus post featuring Pied-billed Grebes and Pied-billed Grebes only!  They were common in the marshy areas around the lake and one in particular was quite willing to allow a rather close approach from the hotel grounds (odd for the normally elusive birds).  There is something about Podilymbus podiceps that I have always found rather appealing.  They are cute birds, but I think the fact that they always act so wary is what makes them interesting to me (and made seeing them so close such a treat).  The grebes pictured below are either entirely in breeding plumage or almost all the way there: non-breeding plumaged Pied-billed Grebes lose the black on the bill that gives them their name and also the black chin and darker forehead.

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.