Along the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, the Pied-billed Grebe is not all that common. That it is seen primarily in the spring and fall, suggests that we usually see migrants that breed farther north.
When the bird comes by early in the year, it is in its breeding plumage as is shown in the earlier springtime shot to the right. This picture also shows the origin of its name: pied-billed.
This morning’s shot shows it in its non-breeding plumage.