Kip’s Comments 8-11-19

Double-crested Cormorant on Log - Image 581537 - (© Kip Ladage)

 

NOT an Iowa Anhinga

Early this morning I was fortunate to find a double-crested cormorant that was quite comfortable with my pontoon boat approaching very close. In fact, after more than an hour together the bird was still standing on the same log and it was me that moved on. That does not happen very often!

The cormorant was posturing similar to what anhingas do – with its wings spread out. (Other birds do this too, like turkey vultures.) The cormorant I was watching and photographing spread its wings, folded its wings, spread its wings, folded its wings, and continued those gestures. For all I know, it may still be on the log repeating that posturing pattern.

With so much time together I was able to shoot many photos. Following is a small sample of the large number of images recorded.   

Double-crested Cormorant on Log: 

Double-crested Cormorant on Log - Image 581364 - (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant on Log – Image 581364 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant on Log - Image 581537 - (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant on Log – Image 581537 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant on Log - Image 581614 - (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant on Log – Image 581614 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant on Log - Image 581620 - (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant on Log – Image 581620 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant on Log - Image 581658 - (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant on Log – Image 581658 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant on Log - Image 581681 - (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant on Log – Image 581681 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant on Log - Image 581737 - (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant on Log – Image 581737 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant on Log - Image 581753 - (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant on Log – Image 581753 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant on Log - Image 581783 - (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant on Log – Image 581783 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

One other bird seen at close range today was a Forster’s tern.   

Forster’s Tern on Buoy:

Forster's Tern on Buoy - Image 581355 - (© Kip Ladage)

Forster’s Tern on Buoy – Image 581355 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

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