With wildlife photography you always have to be ready. I was watching a couple grebes in a pond and walking slowly, when some movement caught my eye. It was very close, but I lost the subject in the thick weeds. Still, I got ready for a potential shot and this Dickcissel popped into view at close range. I actually had to back up and zoom out a bit to get this shot.
These kinds of surprise encounters are what make each trip an adventure.