Sunday, February 9, 2014

Cormorants


Cormorants are fishers.  Like their straight-billed relatives the anhingas,
they don't have oil to waterproof their feathers, so they air out after a dive.



23 comments:

Lowell said...

Cuties. You might want to check out the "oil on wings" thing...seems that there is more to it. I just can't remember what.

What? I can't remember than either.

Were these shots taken in front of your waterfront property?

Andy said...

Cormorants are a bird that were never seen here in my part of Canada. Now every summer they are common sight.

Luis Gomez said...

Nice!

Mersad said...

Very simple and elegant images. Love the first one with the hint of afterglow from the sunset in the background. But all of them are great.

cieldequimper said...

Pretty fellas. Ours seem darker than yours but perhaps it's just a trick of the light.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

In China some fishermen have trained cormorants to swim down, catch fish, then give them to the fisherman.

Sylvia K said...

What handsome fellows they are!! I love your captures for the day, Jack!! Great feathery friends!! Looks as though they're having a town hall meeting in the last shot!!

Sharon said...

There are quite a lot of them out "fishing" here.

Randy said...

I learned something new today, thanks. Nice shots.

Taken For Granted said...

Cormorants are a fascinating bird to watch. From your photos I can tell you enjoyed watching them also. Lovely photos.

Halcyon said...

You got great shots of these birds. That first shot is especially attractive.

Karl Demetz said...

Fascinating and strange birds, these Cormorants...
the one in the first picture looks like a guard.

RedPat said...

Like Andy said, we see them everywhere up here now, Jack! It's great to watch them in action.

VP said...

Some beautiful images, and I see something got the birds' attention...

Kay said...

You've caught some good shots. I always like seeing the wing-drying pose. These tropical guys look like they have an easier time of it than the cold weather flocks we have here.

Michelle said...

The one in the first shot looks quite regal.

William Kendall said...

That first shot really is splendid... it captures an essence of the bird's personality.

Joan Perry said...

We have a lot of them. I think ours are darker as well.

LONDONLULU said...

I love seeing these birds diving into water - lovely up-close glimpses (which I never manage to get)!

Jen said...

I love watching cormorants. It's fun to see them swimming with just their head and neck showing above the water.

Bob Crowe said...

That top one is a winner - beautiful light and DOF.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Brilliant captures Jack.. I love the way they spread their wings as if to say 'look at me, look at me' :) I've not noticed their yellow bills before, wonder if ours have them!

Kate said...

Fishers of all species should air out after a dive!