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Strange looking Pied-billed Grebe

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Couldn't be anything else, but I've never seen one with so much black on its head! It's not just the lighting, its entire head and neck looked like it had been dipped in tar!!

35591707971_59cce5560b_z.jpgIMG_8743-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr

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crossed with something?  It also seems to be missing the stripe on it's bill - just a dark tip

 

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56 minutes ago, Seattle said:

crossed with something?  It also seems to be missing the stripe on it's bill - just a dark tip

 

Beats me! It didn't have the posture of a PB Grebe at all. When I saw it, about 150 ft away, I had no idea. I knew it looked somewhat Grebe-like. It was swimming fast and didn't duck under like PB Grebes usually do when they feel threatened. I only got two shots of it before it got out of sight behind some brush. The other photo is below....

34885746534_c39b8e3cd6_z.jpgIMG_8744-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr

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Maybe it could be partial melanistic, but I don't know if partial-melanistics even exist.

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