I shot this image at sunrise one spring morning in 2005. I was visiting the lake every three days to count birds for a project in my general ecology class. The small study consisted of comparing the species diversity present at man-made and natural water bodies around town. One morning, I watched two red-shouldered hawks copulate on a telephone wire near to my observation site. Another morning, at one of the man-made water bodies (a retention pond near a Home Depot) I spotted a rare wanderer, a greater white-fronted goose, hanging out with about 300 muscovy ducks. The local paper ran a story on it (the print version ran under the headline, Goose on the loose). Local records for the county revealed it was only the 10th sighting in 100 years of this species. If you click on the news link above, you can view the goose.