Trap Pond is best seen by kayak or canoe. Park offers a pontoon tour as well. The pond is deceptive looking as it isn't overly large, but offers plenty of shoreline where there are many Great Blue Herons either hunting or nesting. About 3/4 of the way into the pond is a stand of cypress trees where these birds were photographed. At sunset the birds and trees are beautifully highlighted by the setting suns rays.
These birds are Double-crested Cormorants. Experts at diving and catching fish. As I watched them in action they reminded me of Anhingas, a bird that is very similar looking but usually found further south and in fresh water. Cormorants are faster, stronger and usually found near the coast but do show up in freshwater, and being this location is so near the Atlantic, its no surprise to find them here.
This scene, with one bird looking in opposite direction as the others made me wonder if it was a lookout or scout keeping an eye out for fish or danger.
Further on where pond ends, there are baldcypress trees that mark beginning of swamp. There are water trails that you can navigate and view what appears to be another world.
The wetland is the northernmost bald cypress ecosystem in the country and provides unique trees, water and forest wildlife.
If going, the closest town is Laurel Delaware.
September 2nd, 2020
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