This was a lifetime bird for me. Had heard they were in the area and was lucky enough to find one. When in breeding plumage, they get the darker feathers with the golden plumes on the cheeks. Non breeding plumage is simply several shades of gray without the golden tufts. This is a diving bird that I was trying to capture in-between dives.
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)