Horned Grebe (breeding plumage) | Grèbe esclavon | Podiceps auritus: Until yesterday, I was only able to photograph these birds in their understated winter plumage. But as you can see in the photo above, I have now been able to capture them in their breeding plumage; although I am quite happy to have done this, I am guessing that this means they will soon be leaving the region to breed.
I photographed three individuals (including this one) as they were drifting quit close to Jericho Beach in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada. Taken April 16, 2016, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 400 | 500mm | f/6.3 | 1/1600, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.