Lately our weather has established a pattern of the warmest and brightest days occurring during the week accompanied by cool damp dreary weekends. Today was no exception with heavy clouds and temps hovering in the lower 40s. Not allowing a day off work to pass me by I headed out with the boat shortly after daybreak. A bass tournament was in progress when I arrived at the lake; an event the I believe was responsible for the absence of ducks but the fishermen didn't seem to bother the thirty or more horned grebes and three loons busy feeding on perch spawn.
The best photo op of the day happened when I located this Great Blue Heron that allowed me to drift the boat reasonably close to it location. The heron used a fishing tactic which I had never observed before. Instead of wading slowly in the shallows as most do this bird flew from stump to stump checking for prey holding close to the structure. The tactics were working well for the bird as I witnessed it strike a number of times. This last photo caught the bird just as it recovers from an unsuccessful strike while water drips from its bill.
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