Pied-billed Grebes FISHING … CLOSE UP

I don’t think I could pick a favorite bird, but this diminutive predator–bobbing up in the water, juggling a fish into position and scarfing it down whole–would have to be in the top ten. At least one of them frequents our lake every spring and fall. They’re only half the size of a house cat, but, even without claws, they’re better hunters.

 

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Nestlings: Vacuum Packed

Their nest is only an inch and a half wide. For four babies. Eventually, one of them has to squeeze himself loose like the first olive out of a jar. (Hang in there so you get to hear the final triumphant trumpet note!)

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