Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How do Cormorants Cool Off?

It's been pretty steamy in Boston, and the birds are feeling it too. On my trip to Mt. Auburn Cemetery three weeks ago I also stopped to watch a Double-crested Cormorant cooling in Auburn Lake.

These pictures were not taken at a fast shutter speed- the bird was simply holding its wings up and fanning them very, very slowly.
It was such a hot day, and this was such a small, sheltered body of water it made me wonder why it wasn't out in the open ocean or even in the Charles River where I see lots of them. It's a mystery. Has anyone else spotted cormorants in small ponds like this before?

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