Photograph and text by Bill Corbett
From the Winter 2023 issue
Kayaking in the Assawoman Wildlife Area at sunrise is worth the effort when I come upon a scene like this one. If the marsh ponds have enough water, birds of all kinds are attracted to feed on the crustaceans and small fish that thrive there. Occasionally a pond has so many birds feeding that I can’t get anything but a cluttered, busy picture. On the sunny summer morning that I photographed this tern, it had my favorite pond to itself. Although the tern’s dive was a “one and done,” I got the shot. The mirrored image reflects the beauty, the serenity, and the wildness of kayaking Assawoman in the early morning — with my camera at hand. It keeps me curious and energized.