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Cormorants A pair of cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) drying their wings in the wintersun. Cormorants,Geotagged,Phalacrocorax carbo,The Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge


A pair of cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) drying their wings in the wintersun.

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  1. Great shot, never saw these before in the Netherlands! Posted 4 years ago
  2. Thanks, they are quite common in water areas, I sometimes even see them around the office building I'm working in. Posted 4 years ago
  3. So this begs the question as to why Cormorants spread their wings like that.
    It has been suggested that this is to dry their wings. Others say that it is to help regulate body temperature whilst they digest their catch.

    I think it's more likely that given that they are Fishermen and they are telling the others...
    Did you see the one that got away? It was this big I tell ya. This big!
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. Just for you I'd say JungleDragon needs captions, just like the lolcat images :) Posted 4 years ago

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The Great Cormorant , known as the Great Black Cormorant across the Northern Hemisphere, the Black Cormorant in Australia and the Black Shag further south in New Zealand, is a widespread member of the cormorant family of seabirds. It breeds in much of the Old World and the Atlantic coast of North America.

Similar species: Cormorants And Frigatebirds
Species identified by Ludo Sak
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By Kurt Peeters

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Uploaded Jan 29, 2012. Captured Jan 27, 2012 12:16 in Meginhardweg 33-55, 6841 Arnhem, The Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • f/7.1
  • 1/500s
  • ISO250
  • 400mm