Transfixed By a Cormorant

I have just been given a massive gift by nature.

I took the coffee grounds out to the composter by the greenhouse as is my custom. I noticed something moving in the pond by the reeds about 5 metres away. The movement of the water was big, so I assumed that whatever was causing it was large. I then saw the head of a cormorant like bird through the reeds.

It dived and swam several metres back and forth underwater. I stood transfixed not moving. Literally five metres away its head popped up and looked around.  It did not seem to notice me. It was looking at me side on. It was a cormorant, for sure.

This magnificent animal then did another five or so dives and surfaces, presumably chasing the fish in the pond. It got out of the shallows. Each time it surfaced it looked around and must have seen me, stationary, like a statue, coffee pot in hand.

On one dive it surfaced and stared directly at me in stereo or hunting view. We looked at each other for several seconds. I could almost see its brain ticking. “What is that strange creature in combat trousers and with a dragon T-shirt on?” It decided and then made a take-off along the length or the pond, turning and flying over me at an altitude of less than ten metres.

What a treat to start the day like that…close and that intimate with a wild cormorant.