11 December 2004
A classic Cormorant pose
There is something splendidly pre-historic about the Cormorant - to watch it fly is to see a flashback into evolution. But despite their 'unconventional' looks, and unpopularity with anglers (they are much more successful at fishing than any human could be, and can allegedly deplete fishstocks) I like them. And never more than when they are doing this - 'wing-drying'.
I put 'wing-drying' in inverted commas because as far as I know, noone is sure why they do this. Are they drying wings? Or is there a display purpose. Who knows - but it looks good for photos!