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28-Jan-2023 Tim Betts

Member of the cormorant convention

This cormorant was in a different part of the lake than the ones in the previous picture. It was interesting because a family was walking by, and the parents were discussing what the birds out in the water were doing; the son said, “Drying their wings,” which the parents ignored. So they asked us what kind of birds they were and what they were doing, and we said cormorants drying their wings. The father told his son, “That’s the first time you’ve ever gotten anything right!”

Best to view in "Original" because other versions resized by PBase are decidedly unsharp.

Eagle at the Federal Reserve, posted earlier:

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Zoltán Balogh16-Mar-2023 15:39
Great capture, Helen! V
PiJoly02-Feb-2023 13:18
STOP! No trespassing! Forbidden Zone!
George McCarten02-Feb-2023 08:17
A commanding presence. And I feel sorry for that father's son.
Nirvan Hope31-Jan-2023 21:23
A rather ordinary bird becomes extraordinary with its outstretched wings. Ugh to the father's belittling comment.
Pierre31-Jan-2023 20:22
Une très jolie pose de ce cormoran faisant sécher son plumage! V
Apostolos Tikopoulos31-Jan-2023 17:26
Excellent sense of motion, great timing. V
marie-jose wolff31-Jan-2023 15:57
the cormorant does not have waterproof feathers,
great capture! V
bill friedlander31-Jan-2023 15:38
Great shot of the wingspread. V
Milan Vogrin31-Jan-2023 13:49
Nice action shot. V
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal31-Jan-2023 08:22
Beautiful sharp capture, love the pose. V
Liz Bickel31-Jan-2023 08:17
Very nice pose. Cute story but not a good commentary in the father's attitude. Seems like the son might be the brighter of the two. How old was the son?
Charlene Ambrose31-Jan-2023 07:06
Great shot. I hope that father was joking. V
Gill Kopy31-Jan-2023 05:40
And enjoying it !!! Great shot - and fun story V
Dennis Hoyne31-Jan-2023 05:28
Wow! This is a stunning image. I don't recall ever seeing a cormorant posing so well.
Julie Oldfield31-Jan-2023 02:11
Poor kid. That isn’t very encouraging.
I like how the cormorant’s wing is blocking the seagull… on purpose. A cute and well timed capture. V
Jola Dziubinska30-Jan-2023 23:25
Excellent photo, nice story, but I don't like how the father rated his son. Poor boy. V.
Richard Chu30-Jan-2023 22:49
Nice picture and story! V
larose forest photos30-Jan-2023 22:05
You got such a great shot here! Love it when they open their wings like this - drying them for sure, that little boy got it right. V
Mairéad30-Jan-2023 21:34
Good shot and a funny story.
joseantonio30-Jan-2023 20:52
love that touch of yellow.V.
Carl Carbone30-Jan-2023 20:35
"Ignore that simple gull and gaze upon my extraordinary blue eyes."