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A family of cormorants…

… a little blue heron, and two dive-bombing brown pelicans. Morning activity along my deck, on an inlet to the Gulf of Mexico.

Margaret Soltan, January 6, 2019 11:06AM
Posted in: snapshots from sanibel

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7 Responses to “A family of cormorants…”

  1. theprofessor Says:

    With the exceptions of Canada geese and starlings, there is probably no bird more hated around here than cormorants.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tp: Why? Aside from the fact that they aren’t very pretty, I know nothing about cormorants.

  3. Anon Says:

    Don’t listen to him UD. Cormorants are wonderful birds. Those emerald eyeballs!

  4. theprofessor Says:

    Other than denuding trees for their nests, shitting their corrosive guano and barf (they are both prodigious barfers and shitters) over everything, stripping lakes and ponds of smaller gamefish (can’t quite swallow that fish you caught?–hell, take a couple of bites out of it and then leave the rest to rot), and breeding like rats, I guess that double-crested cormorants (the type around here) are OK.

  5. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Anon: And they inspired a poem.

  6. Anon Says:

    theprofessor: Pffft. No human should be criticizing another species for shitting too much, denuding trees or wasting gamefish.

    UD: google videos of diving cormorants and be amazed. My favorite is the cormorant pulling a sucker off a whale shark. Such determination, and then the ‘pop’ when it finally comes off…. I love seeing them swimming – halfway to a penguin.

  7. theprofessor Says:

    A couple of diving cormorants are entertaining. The problem is when they show up with their 1000 closest relatives and friends.

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