After a few years the cormorant population dropped when Great-horned Owls took over a nest, and no doubt freely preyed upon the cormorants.
These fledgeling Great-horned Owls were at another lake in Lakeside, Scott's Reservior. There was a fisherman standing on the shore beneath this snag. He was no more than 8 ft from the owls, and asked me why I was taking so many photos of the tree? When I responded that I was taking pictures of the owls, he replied that he had been fishing there for an hour, and never noticed the owls.
Common Black Hawks are definitely uncommon in Lakeside.This is a painting inspired by the old snags. Grandfather Tree, 18x24"
Raven Talk, 12x16"