Tuesday, August 3, 2010

C is for cormorants

cormorants

Thousands of these rather ugly, ravenous birds have their own islands under the Skyway.

ABC Wednesday

21 comments:

RedPat said...

We drove over the skyway on Sunday and they were all flying about - you're right, they were everywhere. Great shot of them.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love birds, but these things don't count (in my opinion). We used to boat on the Umpqua River in Oregon and there are so many that they've killed a great lot of the riverside greenery. All you can see is white. They are protected though, so nothing can be done.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific capture and a great one for the C Day, but here in the northwest they are a pain in the whatever! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

thomas said...

Looks like the black crow in my place.

Carol said...

That is alot of cormorants! I don't think we have them here. Love your grand bridges shot.

VioletSky said...

Thomas, these are far worse than crows. Tey strip all the trees bare.

No, I would agree with everyone, these are not beloved and are a pain. No one really wants them here.

helenmac said...

Your photo is outstanding, but I had no idea cormorants were such pests. They have such an exotic sounding name to my Midwestern ears, but when I searched out more info I found an article from the eastern side of the state about the efforts to "manage" their population because of their large population, especially in Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair.
ABC Wednesday at its best: you helped me learn something new.
Thank you,
HelenMac
ABC Team

Ruth said...

What a gorgeous photo though...

Hildred and Charles said...

I am curious as to why the cormorant is protected if their population is so large and they do so much damage??

Lovely picture of the water.

Hildred and Charles said...

I am curious as to why the cormorant is protected if their population is so large and they do so much damage??

Lovely picture of the water.

VioletSky said...

They are protected under the Migratory Bird Act.
There is some culling happening in various area (most notably in Middle Island,Lake Erie)

In Hamilton Harbour, these three islands were designed to replaced decimeted nesting sites.

Indrani said...

Wonderful capture of these feathered friends. They are beautiful.

Ann said...

If I didn't look carefully, I would think it is jugged rocks. These birds must be feeling a bit squeesy.

We have gannets, but we have bigger space for them, we must be good host, after they have flown thousand sof miles form Australia.

Jama said...

There were so many of them!looks a bit crowded on the rocks...

Willa said...

It' my first time heard such name of the bird.and yes, there's plenty of them!

Roger Owen Green said...

At least it's a beautiful venue for the ugly bird.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Tumblewords: said...

I'm not overly fond of them but your photo is beautiful!

jay said...

Ah well, we all have to live, don't we? Not their fault if we've encroached on their territory (the human race, I mean). I rather like them, but then I like crows, and starlings and magpies, too! :p

Leo said...

they look lovely :)

Elisa said...

I´ve met the cormorans last april in Ushuaia, while the tour of Canal de Beagle. They are LOVELY!

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