Saturday, July 16, 2011

Similar Species

I thought I would post a photo of a cormorant today since there is a fleeting similarity with the common loon - at least from a distance.  They both ride very low in the water with their backs barely visible.  This gives both of their head silhouettes a very snake-like appearance.  They both dive and can hold their breath for an amazing length of time while they swim around hoping to run into a fish.  This photo shows one of three catfish the cormorant caught within a short length of time and, yes, it did swallow this fish.  If you see a cormorant diving, stick around until it resurfaces, because you may have a chance to see something most people dismiss as just a boring bird disappearing beneath the water.

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