Cormorants

Cormorants and a seagull
My daughter took this picture of Pelagic cormorants while we were sitting on the ferry. I love cormorants. They’re peculiar little things; their bones are solid instead of hollow, and unlike most water birds, they have no oil in their feathers, which is why they spend a lot of time with their wings in the air, frantically drying off.

I’m not the only one who thinks they’re strange. According to www.triposo.com, “Cormorants seem tо be а very ancient group, wіth similar ancestors reaching аll the wаy bаck tо the tіme оf the dinosaurs. Іn fact, the very earliest known modern bird, Gansus yumenensis, hаd essentially the same structure.” I was also very taken by the title of this article: The Cormorant: the Devil Undisguised? . It only makes me love them more :)

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