Late summer days are amazing! The mornings start off cool, then the afternoons get warm, with a nice cool evening. The boyz and I were in no rush to get up and get moving today, so we slept in and enjoyed our warm and cozy bed. I think it was almost 8:30 when we finally rolled out. I must say, I'm seriously lucky to have such lazy dogs.
I believe I rolled out of camp around 10:30 to go out for my paddle on LaChute River and Lake Champlain. As always, the beginning of my paddle was filled with Turtles, then I approached Heron land, and finally I got into Bald Eagle and Osprey territory. I saw a lot of fantastic wildlife, I paddled at least 9 miles, and I spent over 6 hours on the water. But my favorite was the one beautiful little Cormorant who tolerated me for at least 2 hrs.
I approached him slowly and took pictures before each of my movements thinking he would fly at any moment. The nice thing was that he never did. I sat and watched him and he posed for me not caring that I was there. I was with him for roughly an hour when a boat with two fisherman approached and scared him off. He didn't go far and I paddled around and kept an eye on him. Eventually, the fisherman left and the cormorant went back to his territory. I went back into position and watched him pose and dry off his wings. A canoe went by with a couple and a dog and they were in shock with the way the cormorant just kept posing for me and putting on a little show. I watched him go for two additional swims and kept hoping he would catch a meal, but after 2 hours of watching him, I suspected that wasn't going to happen anytime soon. Although, I really hoped he would catch a fish and didn't, I still had a fantastic time watching him. What a beauty and what an awesome first time experience with a cormorant up close and personal.