So I've seen this bird around the pond in my back yard and often wondered what it actually is. It finally got up close enough for me to take a picture of (not great, with a bright background, but it'll do for ID purposes). Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) View attachment 224025 What is interesting about this bird is that its neck will extend out about 6 to 8 inches almost like what a loon looks like. BTW, I'm located in the Dallas area if that helps with the ID. I've seen the bird catching small fish out of the pond as well.