11.13.2020-2 Bonus Bird

I stopped by a pond at the edge of Acadia N.P. a few years ago to catch the sunrise lighting one of the many mountains that make up the park and as I composed this Double-crested Cormorant decided to do its morning stretch nearby.ย  It stayed so long that I eventually decided to pack up for other parts and left it continuing its morning at pondside.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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24 Responses to 11.13.2020-2 Bonus Bird

  1. Littlesundog says:

    What a great morning stretch pose! Why is it that the water has that gorgeous yellow color to it? The entire image has much else to offer that is pleasing to the eye… rock perch, muddy bank, washed up grasses and green growth. Nicely done, Steve!

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice… I was surprised to see cormorants around Salmon Falls a couple years ago. Always surprising to see ocean birds inland. Like gulls at the Hampshire Mall!

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  3. Very nice Steve! Plus an interesting pose!

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  4. That’s a great portrait with the upraised wings.

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  5. Fascinating! Love the colors in the composition too.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I’m sure you know that cormorants dry their wings that way. We often have them lined up, one per piling, after a ‘group swim.’ Because they spend so much time underwater, they have to spend a lot of time out of the water, too — drying and preening.

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    • shoreacres says:

      I just noticed those feet. They’re the same size and shape as the feet of the black-bellied whistling ducks. They’re just so amusing — like pancakes.

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      • The feet are a favorite feature of the pose. I have seen cormorants drying this way a few times locally at the swamp I visit along the rail trail and on the Connecticut river. Seeing them on their individual pilings has just happened in the images posted by others so that’s an experience I hope to have some day…along with pelicans doing the same which I’ll have to travel to see.

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  7. krikitarts says:

    Stretch and dry, stretch and dry
    Got no oil, so have to try
    Gold in the water, gold in my beak,
    Caught me posingโ€”my, oh, my

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  8. Wow! What a wonderful shot, and contrast with that gold in the background. Very nice, Steve!

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    Fabulous, Steve! The golden light on the water was quite a gift, the way it emphasizes the cormorant’s beak. Way cool. I love the feet, too, draped tightly over that rock. I hope they’re not too much of a nuisance where you are – I know they are very problematic in some places.

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