Friday, April 13, 2012

Rather weak(end) reflections

A cormorant fished from the pond one gloomy day, then stopped to dry its feathers.

 Well, he tried to dry his feathers, anyway.

I looked out later to see him sitting, rather dejectedly, in the pouring rain.

115 comments:

troutbirder said...

They are strange creatures indeed. I counted 42 white pelicans and 23 cormorants yesterday on a local lake. Pelicans look wierd too but gorgeous soarers....

MarmePurl said...

That pond of yours is an endless source of entertainment. So fun.

Honest Abe said...

The commorant flew the page in two places. Top most photo and the third one down. Not there. Shows broken links.

Otherwise a nice photo of the bird. Do you use Photoshop or something similar so you can open the picture from the camera at 100%?

Then you should have a crop tool. And you can set the width dimension of any crop to something like 720 px for pixels.

Then you crop the commorant so that he takes up the post and not all the background? I wonder if you have ever done that? It sure opens up a whole new world of photography and gives you another important ZOOM feature. It kind of makes everyone think you have a super zoom 500 or bigger.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like he's having an "I'm King of the World" moment in the first pics:@)

Gail said...

Wonderful captures...it's difficult to catch one of these. Great job.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I would love to see a pond as busy as yours! there is one along side the new hawk nest and the only thing floating there is stuff floating down from the trees up above~

CameraCruise said...

Great shots.
What a great looking bird.

Linda said...

They are so very interesting to watch...we see them frequently here on the rivers and lakes. Your pond is such a treasure - we had one when I was growing up and I remember spending many hours there, just watching everything.

Jill said...

LOL! Poor thing. You know, I'd never get anything done if I had all of your wildlife. I'd be watching it 24/7.

Michael said...

hope the weekend gets more wonderful than weak

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

LOL, looks like he just gave up the harder the rain came down!

Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

It should have been a really cold day.
Costas

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Good Morning Tex! Birds seem so funny to me. They have to have a sense of humor. We watched the Jays in our yard yesterday, which they seem to have taken over this year, and we laughed and laughed! This guy strikes me funny too. Not his dejected mode.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You're a punny girl this morning! I love your pond and all its visitors.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

haha.
cormorants are funny birds...when you see bunches of them sitting in the trees...with their wings spread...it's like the entire tree is ready for 'take-off'.
but that poor cormorant trying to dry his wings, in the rain! ha.
RAIN!! that's a good thing...he'll just have to live with wet wings til the sun comes back out!!

cool shots theresa!

Nancy Claeys said...

I saw on the Weather Channel last night you were getting some precip. It's been rainy here too for the past couple of days with a few more in the future. We all need it, I think. Great shots of the soppy birdy!

Comment1 said...

Hahaha! Whoops!

Gone Country said...

Ah, poor fella! He does look rather dejected.

(Your turn to send some rain here please!)

Mamabug said...

Aww, bless his heart! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

parker said...

Some days a guy just cain't get a break!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I like the pose with the wings out-stretched.

Lynne said...

RAIN . . . let's hope a few months from now it is still plenty and not like last year. I enjoy what your eyes see!

DJan said...

Yeah, he doesn't look all that happy, does he? I see the drops of rain on the water, but it doesn't look all that bad. Aren't they used to water? :-)

Carole M. said...

yes it's funny isn't it how they're water-birds, but need to 'dry-off'! I love to see how they manage to wrap their big feet around things like they do

Sandra said...

these birds fit nicely in the so ugly they are cute category. poor baby, he needs sun to dry out. but then he needs rain for the pond to be there to fish in. it is rare for us to see one that has its wings down, all my photos are of them with wings spread to dry. i did see one diving once.

Pearl said...

But he tried, and that's what's important.

:-)

Pearl

Judy @ daily yarns said...

He looks so much bigger with his wings spread out.

Linda said...

If he was a Texas cormorant, he couldn't complain too much about rain...after last year's drought.

Texan said...

LOL you know he was thinking, somedays it just doesn't pay to go fishing LOL

Lois Evensen said...

He tried, didn't he. Perhaps he'll get some sunshine soon.

Randy said...

Wow, he's big. Nice shot.

Susan said...

Great pictures! AND so glad you are getting all that rain. You need it! I am so glad your pond is getting what it needs!

Changes in the wind said...

Ohhhh what a predicament...

MTWaggin said...

Yet another bird that makes me realize how closely related to dinosaurs they really are.

holdingmoments said...

I love the way they sit like that, wings outstretched.
Hope he got dry eventually.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

He should be thankful there's rain in Texas, right?! LoL! And I have to 2nd MarmePurl's comment... =)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love this series of shots!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I've found cormorants fairly tolerant of having their picture taken almost to the point it as if they are posing. Nice to see all that water in the pond.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Not weak at all, I think it's pretty cool! All that effort to dry out, only to be rained on again.

islandwonder said...

Oh my gosh! That was excellent. I did not know they dried their feathers.

Farm Girl said...

Aw, that is too bad for him and great for you.
I didn't know they were so big. I guess I never saw one sitting like that before.

Mom of M&Ms said...

I feel for that Cormorant.... I am having a week..just like that!!!!ROFL...

Ginger said...

Love these pictures!!! I have such a hard time getting good shots of birds. These are great, I just love looking at them up close. thanks!

Patty Woodland said...

Another bird I don't see up here. But again, a lot of them in NJ

stardust said...

How witty! I like your sense of humor. The cormorant with its wings spreading is lovely.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Handsome bird. Maybe you need to build a little house for him to wait out the rain ;-)

Sylvia K said...

Terrific reflections for the day! Love the cormorant and what a handsome fellow he is! Great captures as always!!

Sylvia

Liz said...

Looks like he didn't have much luck keeping those wings dry!!

bailey-road.com said...

What cool birds visit your pond!
Great shots!

Betty Manousos said...

that cormorant is beautifully captured. i especially like the cormorant with with its wings spreading.

xoxo

Dar said...

Mr. Cormorant will fish you dry!
They have many of these on the Fox River in south WI and do they make a mess...so many of them.
At least you got rain...nice.
BlessYourHeart

Tombstone Livestock said...

Great series of photos, thanks for sharing.

Pat Tillett said...

Nice! I thought cormorants stayed pretty close to the coast.

Julie G. said...

This is a wonderful series of images! I love it when cormorants dry out their wings ... too bad it was all for naught.

SweetMarie said...

I love all the animals that visit you. Hopefully that silly bird got dry and is having a better day today. :)

Rose said...

haha...poor cormorant...the pictures sure tell the story.

Ron said...

Looks like he's getting ready to do a fancy dive into the pond! LOL

Montanagirl said...

Nice series! We have Cormorants here too. They're fun birds to watch.

Inger said...

Great captures of a very wet bird. Poor thing.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Good morning Tex! Beautiful photos as always...you have the most interesting birds visit your pond. I don't think I have ever seen one of these ....again...if I had I didn't know what it was. I'm sure we must have them here in Kansas ...maybe we should dig a pond so we can see all these birds for ourselves! I hope you don't get the bad storms down there in Texas that they're predicting for us up here in Kansas. Have a safe and wonderful weekend.
Maura :)

barbara l. hale said...

I guess he figured why bother. Lol.

joo said...

Looks as if he tried to decide which profile is better:)
Lovely photos!

rkbsnana said...

Yep, dejected indeed

It's me said...

Happy weekend....love Ria.....xxx...

Karen said...

I think they are lovely subtle reflections!

Deb said...

Great Capture!

Tracy said...

awww, poor baby! Tex, is there another name for this type of bird? I don't think we have those in NC or at least I've not heard of it...I'll have to investigate! great pictures!

Giga said...

To poco on suszył pióra, jak za chwilę deszcz spadł. Pozdrawiam.
This poco He dried his feathers, as the rain fell in a moment. Yours.

Bob Bushell said...

I love them when they always drying their wings, not when it rains.

Mama Zen said...

Awesome captures!

pattisjarrett said...

I thought he was soaking up the sun early on, but he did look a bit dejected in the last photo. Poor thing. It's rough living outdoors.

Fjällripan said...

Its a cool bird! I want to photograph one this summer.

Andrew said...

I would love to see one of these in my little garden..

Rita said...

Hard to dry your feathers in the rain.
Like your new header, BTW. :)

Candy C. said...

Poor guy! He does look rather dejected sitting there in the rain!

Angela said...

lol Poor thing! I didn't know they had to dry their feathers out! I thought water rolled off them like ducks!

Ellie said...

Oh he does look a bit miserable doesn't he - mind you I think I would look a bit miserable sitting out in the rain!

Annette said...

It's hard to get reflection pictures in the rain. Sunday Stills this week is going to be a challenge..

Filip Demuinck said...

I regularly see these birds in The Netherlands, most of the time with their wings open.

Greetings,
Filip

Brita said...

Someone write pelican. Is it a pelican? Nice pictures/Brita

Angela Häring-Christen said...

:-) Not the right time for dry the feathers.
But for make great shots.
Have a nice weekend!
In Switzerland it's raining too.

Adam Tilt said...

You get some great birds in that pond. I am truly envious.

polkadotpeticoat said...

I counted 8 moose wednesday night in a 1 mile stretch of highway happily eating.....so sweet!

Your bird looks quite large, are they?

Kerry said...

Dang. Just when you hang out the laundry it starts to rain.

A Quiet Corner said...

Now he is great! You are so lucky to see the wildlife you do with that pond!...:)JP

Debbie said...

soggy but cute!! is there anything you don't see??

oooohhhh and send us some rain, we really need it!!

ooooohhhhh and i got my nikon back today, after we made a stink yesterday and begged for a loaner. and when i saw we, i mean chuck. he is soooo happy it's back!!

Millie said...

Poor bird. It's no fun to be all wet, but I'm glad you're still getting rain. We are getting rain now too.

Carletta said...

He's perched there with his huge wings spread all apart and looking side to side as if to say, 'hey, look at me!'
Fun shots! :)

eileeninmd said...

Great captures of the Cormorants. I think they look neat airing out their wings. Wishing you a great weekend!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

I look left, I look right. I look left, I look right. OK, seems to be a safe place to sit.

Chatty Crone said...

I am getting a lot of lessons from you - had no idea the name of that bird. Thanks. sandie

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, I don't really have an opportunity to see Cormorants here where I live. I used to see them in California. Your series of snapshots is wonderful! Poor drenched bird. But then, it is a water-bird. Ha. Have a fantastic Saturday!

Paula said...

Sometime its just hard work being a bird.

heyBJK said...

Love those shots of the cormorant with his wings open! I've only seen them swimming and that hasn't been often.

KAT said...

poor bird...well, maybe he actually was enjoying a nice washing off

- KAT -

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great reflection photos, Theresa....

Have a good weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Gillian Olson said...

The rain is good for the water level in the pond, but not according to the cormorants plan.

Catherine said...

That is some impressive wing span!
xo Catherine

Bernadine said...

I guess it really was a Friday, the 13th for him!

Tammy said...

Haha, great photos are the Cormorant & his unsuccessful quest for dryness!

M said...

Awesome bird!
I have chick and goose eggs incuabting right now....hoping for success!

Rohrerbot said...

Love your Neotropic Cormorant. These birds trip me out, but are fun to catch out in the wild. Again...the pond=perfection:)

Murr Brewster said...

Cormorants aren't very close to the top of my list, but I kind of feel for them having to dry out all the time like that. However, I am inexplicably cheered by the sight of webbed feet curled around a branch. If you can't be cheered up by webbed feet, you need pharmaceutical help.

SquirrelQueen said...

Aw poor guy, not a good day to dry anything. Sounds like you folks might have some storms this weekend, stay safe.

Shrinky said...

Ahhhh, what a wonderful capture (smile), well spotted! You do have the most wonderful spot to enjoy,here.

BlueShell said...

wow...you have here a beautiful set os photos. Nice...Love it!

have a wonderful weekend, dear.

BShell

Ann said...

I like it when they spread out their wings. Next time, stay longer to capture him catching a fish.

JM said...

Love when cormorants open their wings to warm up.

georgettesullins said...

awww...where's a dryer when you need it?

Betty Roan said...

I've never seen a cormorant. Gorgeous!

ladyfi said...

Wow - what a gorgeous sight!

Jeevan said...

Wonderful drying process! The cormorants usual do this and i have seen it near my home too. Beautiful shots :)

Have a nice weekend.

Marie said...

Poor cormorant! At least he tried! :-) Have to tell you, by the way, that the person you blog with whose family used to live in Bacon's Castle, and I have been emailing. We know someone in common and are hoping to get together when I am back in Va visiting! Glad you enjoyed the old blog posts!

Sandy said...

I grew up in Indiana on a lake so seeing your photos reminds me of the things we used to see on the lake.

Furry Bottoms said...

Remember that robin I was talking about a few weeks ago who keeps on pecking on the window at work? He is STILL AT IT. Its been a month?! How does he survive?

I like the wings on this bird. Your pond is definitely a source of entertainment!

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