This water bird was seen right in front of the pier.
It was a Pied-billed Grebe. At first I thought it was a duck but when I took this picture I had to look it up as it was also the first time that I've seen such a bird. The water was quite low and shallow. Impossible to move with a dug out boat or kayak, so it was easy for me to move closer to this bird. It wasn't shy or afraid, it just kept looking at me. Did not even try to swim away or dive.
Pied-billed Grebes live from fish and invertebrates. They are solitary wild birds.
Here is the best part: Pied-billed Grebes live on calm quiet ponds and marshes where thick vegetation grows out of the water. Wetlands, lakes and reservoirs are the best spots to find a Pied-billed Grebe. Not in the interior of undisturbed rainforest in Kabalebo, Suriname.