Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A tree load

There's a water filtration and wildlife area along the highway towards Dallas.  This pond usually has a few gatherings of waterfowl.  On this day, the tree was loaded with cormorants (and a few herons). 

We'll get a few anhingas and cormorants visiting our pond, but usually they're solo and never in numbers like this.

5 comments:

Liesl said...

How interesting,I have never seen so many cormorants together!

texwisgirl said...

Me either! I wonder if they're preparing to migrate south...

Nature ID said...

Nice! Grouped cormorants depend on the species. Here in Monterey, CA, the Brandt's cormorants like to all hang out together and make nests on the rocks, whereas the pelagic cormorants, while just as abundant, prefer their solitude. Double-crested cormorants are the only ones I've ever seen in a tree. I'm guessing in Texas you have different local and migrant cormorant populations than here in CA.

texwisgirl said...

I think you're right that these are double-crested since that's what I've seen at our pond too. :)

Mugzy said...

I love the silhouettes. Like shadow cutouts.

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