Friday, February 02, 2007

Cormorant

those perennial apparitions
of the backwaters - their shadows
the faded sails of anchored boats

- John Kinsella

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Nothing much of interest to say today, other than a reminder to stop by Wanderin Weeta tomorrow and have a look at this week's Good Planets show. I sent along a few photos that I wasn't able to post during the month of January while I was hosting, so don't be surprised if you find a pic there that you sent to me. Recycling is a good thing!

I'm thinking about heading south in the morning to attend the Cumberland County Winter Eagle Festival; getting up early enough to make the trip will be a challenge, as will the predicted cold, but the chance to see nesting Bald Eagles and the beautiful scenery in that part of NJ is hard to pass by.

I took the Cormorant photo above a few weeks ago at the Shark River Marina in Neptune NJ. The marina is a good spot to see Ruddy ducks and there is usually always a Eurasian Wigeon there, but I wasn't able to find it that day. It was a very foggy day; not very good for taking pics, but the Corms made me smile with their wings hung out to dry.

10 comments:

Susan Gets Native said...

I like this "arty" look to your pictures. A picture of a stretching cormorant is nice, but it's even better when it gets jazzed up.

Mary said...

You really know your camera well, Laura. What a treat! I've never seen a Cormorant before (as well as tons of other birds). I wish you ambition tomorrow to rise early and enjoy the Festival.

Laurie said...

Very nice Laura. Thank you.

Jayne said...

Nesting Bald Eagles...wow... what a sight that would be. Hope you get to spot quite a few. Enjoy your day Laura.

GreenmanTim said...

Looks like an imperial eagle on a battle standard, touched by the Emperor Napoleon's own hand. Noble bird.

Sandy said...

Great photo, Laura. I can see this one in a frame!

robin andrea said...

Hope you made it out to see the eagles. We've got four pairs in our neck of the woods. We've been seeing the males and females flying together lately, but no dramatic displays of affection yet. I wish it didn't kill my neck to stare up at them for long periods of time. It takes a few days for those old bone kinks to work out!

Nice cormorant photo.

Ruth said...

Cormorants seem to have taken over some of our northern lakes. I have literally counted them by the 100's as they take off in a long line and fly just above the surface of the water. It seems they may fit in the nuisance category like pigeons and geese. I like your picture though.

Cathy said...

Your 'Good Planet' photo of Navesink river is very very nice.
Hope you made your trip today and managed to stay warm.
The cormorant photo is so interesting and I love the comment Greenmantim made.

Dave said...

Love that photo! I see I'm not alone in that.