Today, with fishing slow, I was more than pleased when I spotted a pied-billed grebe feeding along the shoreline. This particular bird showed no fear of the boat and allowed me to approach to within twenty feet as it continued diving into the submerged vegetation.
Waterfowl has been mostly absent since the spring migration ended in late May. Two weeks ago I spotted a pied-billed grebe in the middle of the lake but with the skies heavily clouded no opportunity for a good photo existed. Today with a cloudless blue sky, the grebe along the shoreline and the sun not too high in the sky the situation was perfect.
After shooting a few shots upon my approach I decided to follow the grebe hoping for an exceptional shot.
And it happened!
The grebe emerged with a fish!
The grebe held the tiny bluegill for just a moment before expertly flipping it and swallowing the fish headfirst.
With that the grebe returned to fishing and so did I.
We had each gotten "The Catch of the Day."