Sewing

In Search of the Cormorant

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I’ve seen pretty much all of the major species of Illinois water birds in the park near our home.  This lake you see above is a man-made lake designed to control flooding.  It does a great job of that, thank goodness having just been through one of the worst floods around here, but it also provides a breeding ground and sanctuary for all sorts of wildlife.DSCF4547

One bird that has hung around is the Cormorant (four are in flight in the photo above).  I actually thought these were loons until I looked them up.  They are hard to get a picture of because as soon as you see them they dive under the water.  Someday I’ll probably just sit out near the lake and try and get a good picture but for now, the morning dog walks will have to do for my snap shot time.

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You can see three in the photo above…elusive, those cormorants!

Pelagic and Brandt's Cormorants at Montaña de ...
Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants at Montaña de Oro brandts-cormorant-MdO_9 (Photo credit: mikebaird)

And to update you all on the woodpecker hunt, a red bellied woodpecker showed up briefly yesterday.  I was too slow on the camera but I’m excited to know one was in the vicinity…

A male Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes caro...
A male Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus). Photo taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 in Johnston County, North Carolina, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stay tuned…more birds yet to come!

~Cathy

 

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