Pied-billed Pellet

Hanging out at North Lake in Golden Gate Park last Sunday I watched the Pied-billed Grebes meandering around in all their fuzzy glory, chasing each other and delineating their territories. This one took a break from the festivities to bathe, have a drink, and then do something I've never seen a Grebe do... expel a pellet.

Here is the preparatory stage... working it up the gullet.

And there it goes! The orange color must be exoskeletons of crustaceans?

And were back to fuzzy cuteness again. Watching them this breeding season should be great fun.