Pied-billed Grebe

The Pied-billed Grebe looks like a little duck with a chicken's beak! 

("Pied" means "having patches of two or more colors.)

  In the winter, the white beak becomes gray, and the ring disappears, or almost disappears.
Least Grebe
A "prize" bird, this is found only in one pond at Brazos Bend State Park (in the Houston area),
Half the  bulk of the pied-billed grebe,
the slender beaks and the yellow eyes are
great field marks. (Note the fluffy white tails!)

The adult (above photo) has a darker eye and a darker bill. The juvenile has already lost the stripes on its face, and in another week will look just like the adult.