Try and try again...
You never know what you’ll see.
After literally hundreds of morning walks by my office, this morning there was something I had never seen before on this pond. At first I thought the splash in the brown murky water was one of the beavers ending a night of tree-felling and heading back to his home. But when the creature surfaced, it had a much longer neck than a Beaver!
A Double-crested Cormorant popped up out of the water with a fish in his hooked bill. Since it didn’t immediately notice my presence, I was able to watch it fish for several minutes. Once his senses picked me up, he took to the air, circled the pond twice (giving me some great photo-ops!) and moved on.
Although this is definitely not the first Cormorant I've seen, and it is not necessarily a rarity for Walton County, Georiga, this is the first cormorant I’ve seen on this pond, and not sure when I’ll see one again. So each outdoor excursion can hold something new. Get out there day after day, even if you don't find anything!
Photo credits: William Wise.