The Island of Cormorants

While walking in a local park I spotted some branches in the riverDSCN5730 I zoomed in to see thisDSCN5715

An island for Cormorants! Cormorants are medium-to-large birds with a wing span of 18–39 in. They are fish-eaters, catching the prey by diving from the surface. They are excellent divers, and under water they propel themselves with their feet with help from their wings. DSCN5719

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This guy just stood there enjoying the sun for quite some time, along with his buddy Mr. TurtleDSCN5711

19 thoughts on “The Island of Cormorants

  1. The cormorants are coming homed. They used to be THE dominant regional shore bird. Since the 1990s, they’ve made a huge comeback. On Martha’s Vineyard, where they had been a rare visitor for decades, they started arriving in flocks. They are extremely efficient fishers and they drove the Osprey and the American eagles inland. The eagles could not compete and had to fly further and further out to sea to get any fish. Which is why we now have them all over the river valley here.

    The “bird control” people (who have a very high profile on MV) said it was not a man-made ecological event, just a natural change. As such, nature would hsort it out — even though many locals really wanted the eagles to stay.

    I think you’ll be seeing a lot more cormorants soon. The towns in the eastern part of Long Island (Cormorant Point, for example) used to regard them as competition to the fishing fleet and kill them. I don’t think there’s much of a fleet left, so I guess the cormorants get to have their breeding grounds back!

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  2. This was a treat for the eyes. A little bit of everything! Great shot of all the creatures! I could not make out what the red sign said. And was that a yellow hard hat?

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