Day By Day

Monday, September 29, 2008

Harbor Helldiver

Early this morning I was out for my daily walk. This time I went along the south side of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. As I passed the Maryland Science Center the normal avian contingents of ducks, pigeons, and gulls were out in force. Nothing really interesting there -- my camera remained in its case. Then I saw what seemed to be a large duck riding very low in the water. Aha! A Grebe! A Helldiver!!! Time to uncase the camera.

I stood and watched as it dived time and again. Finally it emerged with a fish in its beak.

Good for the bird -- bad for the fish. That's nature's way. A tiny drama of life and death here at the harbor.