Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Chasing Double Breasted Cormorants

Sometimes when I'm not catching fish I go out looking for shots. This day I was chasing a double of Double Breasted Cormorants. There were a pair sitting on the large buoys surrounding the pump. They let me get fairly close before deciding to leave.
The one jumped in the water and started to swim.
He swam over to the other and I followed.

The closer I got the other decided to jump in also.
Eventually they tired of the chase and this one took off with the typical Cormorant splashes. It's like a water ballet as they take flight.
The second one also took flight and I caught him walking on water.
That's the Cormorant show on Lake Hodgson.

21 comments:

Twisted Fencepost said...

I've never heard of them. Great shots, though. Especially the walking on water!

Tina said...

They are very interesting birds to watch...almost look like snakes in the water when they swim. Those last two shots you took are great!! I love the splashes of water as they flapped down the water runway!! Your timing was perfect.

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Neat! That is quite a show! I am glad you were there to take the shots. What a display... your photos are awesome!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat-Canada

NCmountainwoman said...

And a great show it was! I love the rock-skipping take-off. These are such fun to watch, especially diving or taking off.

Shellmo said...

They reminded me of the loons they way they were walking on the water. Great shots!

Jack and Joann said...

FG, you fished out some birds from the water. As always great shots.

Leedra said...

Looks like a rock skimming across the lake.

dot said...

You did a great job of catching these! I've never heard of these birds but looks like they would be fun to watch.

Luke Wiley said...

I think these birds are amazing animals!

evlahos said...

YOU HAVE WONDERFUL ACTION PHOTOS HERE

Mary said...

I love the way they each have their own buoy :-) If I was fishing and had my camera, too, I'd probably drop both in the water trying to switch back and forth. I like that last shot...reminds me of skipping stones on the water. I guess it's a lot harder to skip birds :-)

The Birdlady said...

Great post...especially the last photo! I love to watch them swim with just their heads and necks out of the water...they look just prehistoric.

Kathy said...

I enjoyed this post and the pictures. I like the way you captured the shots of the bird walking on water.

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Abraham Lincoln said...

We just don't have them around here or anything close. I like your shots of these.

Warren Baker said...

Nice story F.G.
The cormorants over here are very nervous of man, and take off immediately you go towards them.

Ms. Hays said...

Great shots - How'd you get so close? Amazing!

Pietro said...

It's a very nice sequence. It seems to be there and watch the whole scene.

Carletta said...

Good shots on the lake FG!

Louise said...

Very cool! Once I took a bunch of photos (a looong time ago on a regular SLR camera)and called it "stalking puffins." I took picture after picture with a step between each. This reminds me of that, but I think you managed to get closer.

tipper said...

You always get the neatest shots!! I've never even heard of the cormorants-but I loved looking at their antics.