Thanks…It Happened Again!
Over the years I have explained many times how I do not work hard to find something to photograph each day. I have not missed shooting at least one picture a day in over eleven years and today was no different. A photogenic opportunity presented itself even under dark and drizzly conditions.
I was traveling from one location to another on a path that included passing near Saints Lake west of Waverly. From my vantage point on the highway I recognized a bird on the water that was something I don’t see often. Unfortunately, I did not have time to identify the species at that moment, so I had to hope the bird remained until I could return to look at it later at closer range.
On my lunch break I returned to Saints Lake to look for the bird and did not find it. Sure, I was a bit disappointed since I didn’t think it would have left the area under the current weather conditions. Still, I did not see it so I was prepared to write it off as an unknown species.
As I left the area and got back on the Avenue of the Saints I noticed a “different than normal” bird perched in a tree visible from the road. Was this the bird? Had I found it? After pulling off the road and looking through a long lens I was able to confirm that the bird I had spotted earlier was a juvenile double-crested cormorant now perched in a tree.
While cormorants are not rare, they are a species we don’t see every day so I photographed it as it watched the traffic pass by on the highway.
Juvenile Double-crested Cormorant in Tree Near Saints Lake:
Another observation today worth recognizing was this healthy field of soybeans and cover crops. Hopefully the beans will provide a good, stable income for the producer who has conservation and water quality in mind. The cover crops help to create healthy soil by protecting the soil and by reducing nitrates that eventually end up in our water. Thank you! (I will try to shoot a better picture of this when our rainy weather pattern ends.)