Saturday, 22 February 2014

Preening by the Pool

Perched in the sunshine this Cormorant is conducting a spot of preening.
The white patches denote that its a breeding adult bird.







30 comments:

  1. oh that's really interesting to learn Roy, about the white patches; I hadn't seen that before, or heard about it. Great photos

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  2. Still something special about these birds, as if we should not be seeing them as often as we do and should only be able to see them at the sea side...Great shots Roy...
    Amanda..

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    1. Thanks Amanda, yes they are a bit prehistoric looking.

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  3. Je hebt de aalscholver wel heel mooi in beeld,super.

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  4. Didn't realize they had green eyes. Nice series.

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    1. Thanks Wilma, yes I nickname them the green eyed monster.{:))

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  5. What a handsome fella?...... no!...the Cormorant!!
    Cracking set of images Roy...[;o)

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  6. I love watching the birds preen and show off. Makes this big bird look very beautiful! You took some wonderful photos of it.

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  7. I should try to get closer to these guys! Beutiful shots, Roy!

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  8. Hey Roy... Great shot's of the Cormorant!! I always thing of prehistoric birds when I see them!!
    There used to be a lot of them on the river here, but they seemed to disappear!! Maybe the lack of fish, I don't know, but I loved to watch them with there wings spread drying in the sun!! I remember being amazed when I found out that there feathers don't have oils like other water birds !!

    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG. They have moved in land in England and fish lakes and rivers.
      There is small colony in the Parkland that I walk, which is where this one comes from.

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  9. Wow, Roy! that is quite the big guy!

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    1. Thank Kathie, yes he is at his best I think.

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  10. Beautiful colors. Light is often so grey around our waters that you can't see their beauty as clearly.

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    1. Thanks Laura, the sun was in the right place for these shots.{:))

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  11. nice series of shots Roy. enjoyed the tufty as well

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  12. This looks like our Great Cormorant. We can not get close to them.

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    1. This one was on a pontoon at the edge of the water. Had I taken another step he would have flown.

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  13. Hello Roy
    MAGNIFIQUE portraits !!!!!
    BRAVO :)

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  14. Looking to the left, looking to the right, where are you all? :)
    Great photos, Roy. May I ask how close to or far from the bird you were without making it disturbed by your presence?

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    1. Thanks Petra.
      I was about 75 metres away.

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  15. Truly a fantastic blog Cormorant.
    Nice and clear pictures and also the beautiful details in the dark plumage is good to see. All top!

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