This may not surprise you, but it's a lot easier to get pictures when you're not in a kayak. This is especially true if not being in a kayak means you can use a camera you wouldn't dare take on the water because it's not particularly waterproof.
|Cormorant- just noticed the ripples line up with some ruffled neck feathers|
Essex Woods is near the Bangor Dog Park, so in addition to runners, walkers and birders, expect to see lots of dog walkers. You might even meet John and Kelley, of Hiking in Maine with Kelley, who provides this nice map with his posting.