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:
One other bird seen at close range today was a Forster’s tern.
Forster’s Tern on Buoy: