Downstream from our usual window on life in and around the water, Little Crum Creek flows into Ridley Park Lake.

101_3484edcropBThis deeper, wider, stiller body attracts a variety of life less commonly spotted in our shallower, quicker narrows upstream.

About now, you could easily encounter sunnies, carp, red-eared sliders, toads, green herons, geese, a great blue heron, and maybe a snapping turtle (… any Parkers out there care to add to this list?).

Lately, four double-crested cormorants have been fishing the lake.

Submerging for 20 to 30 seconds in pursuit of prey, they surface anywhere from 20 to 30 feet away.

Between feedings, the cormorants stand atop a dam at the far end of the lake, drying in the sun.