I sat waiting for an elusive Water Rail to make an appearance this afternoon. They are incredibly cautious at times. I saw two though and heard their calling several times but didn't have the luck to get a photo today in spite of sitting there in the rain and drizzle for almost 3 hours. I was quite surprised when suddenly this Cormorant surfaced right in front of me. It proved that my camouflage was working I suppose. I normally don't have a problem with Cormorants, especially if I see different species when I am abroad but when I am in he UK, I always feel a bit sad to see them when they are fishing in the many freshwater courses and lakes. They take a very large amount of fish and in a single day they can consume a few kilos of fish. If you multiply that by the growing numbers of Cormorants here then I would be right to think they are doing a fairly large amount of damage to freshwater fish stocks in the UK. No wonder that anglers hate them.