We've been in drought conditions for quite a while now. For the third time in the decades I've lived here, the pond on the eastern side of the property is going dry. It's barely a puddle down in the bottom. And I have no fear that any of the fish I stocked the pond with back a year and a half ago will go to waste. Most of the ponds in this area are dry or nearly so, so any open water attracts egrets and herons. There's even a little group of ducks from I don't know where (on the left side of the picture) that are living here now. From a bird-watching perspective, it's fascinating. From a fisherman's view, it's heartbreaking. Personally, I have my fingers crossed for hurricane storms to come and dump a few feet of water my way.
My tweets from Feb 9, 2010:
Getting ready to stock fish in the pond. 100 catfish 100 perch 10 larger bass http://twitpic.com/129kn7
Letting the minnow sized fish get used to the pond temperature before turning them loose. http://twitpic.com/129l0k
These bass are acting too tame. I would have preferred little ones but it's all the truck had. http://twitpic.com/129n3f
The perch adapted the quickest, schooling up and heading off together.