I’d gotten Audubon e-bird alerts that Double-Crested Cormorants had been sighted at both Clinch Park and Logan’s Landing. I hadn’t spotted them either place, however, probably because I was limited by shooting from my car. So I left Gracie home and started out for both places.
At the marina, I immediately spotted a cormorant on one of the mooring posts. Every other post was occupied by a seagull.
The bird was focused on its feet and I wondered if it had a fish there. As I parked my car and began to exit, the cormorant flew off. Ugh. It didn’t come back so I headed to Logan’s Landing.
I immediately spotted two cormorants at the far end of Boardman Lake Cove. I was excited to get their pictures but moreover to be able to walk the entire length of the boardwalk bridge without using a cane. My new knees work great!
One bird stood on a rock, its wings fully extended to show off its 50+ inches of span.
I was struck by the seabird’s hooked bill and its large webbed feet.
I love the moment when birds find out I’m there, hanging over the boardwalk rail, taking their pictures and they stare straight on at me.
I was hoping the cormorant would dive for food or would fly, but it mostly extended its beautiful wings. I learned they perch to dry their wings after eating, even if they’ve not gotten wet. Too bad I missed the meal.