Our autumn foliage colors peaked over the weekend just in time for the Fulton Fall Folk Festival. I shot these photos Friday and already the color is beginning to fade as showers of leaves fall to the ground with each passing breeze.
The Pied-billed grebes were present as they have been for the past few weeks. After hearing a commotion in the shallow I moved closer to find three grebes fighting over a bluegill. I followed the grebes at a discrete distance, photographing them with the 100-400mm lens, trying not to interfere with their feeding.
The grebe tried unsuccessfully to swallow the good sized fish a number of times. Finally tiring of my presence the bird took cover in the reeds lining the lake shore. With it hidden from view I moved on not knowing if it was ever able to swallow such a large fish.
Spring is by far my favorite time to photograph migrating waterfowl as the birds slowly wend their way northward, many sporting their breeding plumage. In contrast the fall migration finds the ducks with the afterburners turned, on wasting little time getting to their wintering areas, giving only a small window of opportunity to photograph them as they pass through.