These pilings are what are left of a dock on the Ashley River at Middleton Place. The tide was going out and a crew of Double-crested Cormorants were using them as perches.
This one seemed to be investigating a crack in the wood.
I looked away and he either jumped or fell into the water.
I thought he might be going fishing but he flew right back out of the water.
There was room for a couple more birds to join them.
Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
April 17, 2021