Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
The pied-billed grebe is a shy and solitary bird. When threatened it may hide in emergent aquatic vegetation, dive below the water's surface, or simply sink into the water. The grebe also will dive for its food, which consists of crawfish; aquatic insects; and small fish, such as perch, sunfish, and minnows.
The grebe, like some other species of waterfowl, builds its open-bowl nest on a floating vegetation mat loosely anchored to reeds or cattails so it can float with varying water levels or waves. Once the chicks hatch, they often ride on the parents’ backs, especially when danger threatens. After about ten days, they usually forego the ride and simply dive beneath the water’s surface when threatened.