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Old Apr 26, 2011, 8:31 PM   #1
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Wonder why these guys ride so low in the water
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 10:11 PM   #2
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I'm not a big fan of Cormorants, but I really like the first shot.
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"Wonder why these guys ride so low in the water"

hard to say, but they're large birds, considerably heavier than the average duck. also, their feathers lack the oils that keep most waterfowl's feathers waterproof, and as the feathers get wet, it probably causes them to settle a bit lower in the water. fortunately, they have long necks!
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Yes, #1 is excellent! Wow, green eyes.
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"Wonder why these guys ride so low in the water"

hard to say, but they're large birds, considerably heavier than the average duck. also, their feathers lack the oils that keep most waterfowl's feathers waterproof, and as the feathers get wet, it probably causes them to settle a bit lower in the water. fortunately, they have long necks!
Absolutely correct. Cormorants are capable of deep dives - they have "wet suits' rather than "dry suits" to reduce buoyancy while hunting and pursuing their prey underwater. Anhingas also lack waterproofing oil, but have greater wing and tail surfaces that aid them in stalking their prey underwater in the shallows (they are not deep divers) and must climb out of the water to dry off before they can fly. Cormorants with their smaller wings can take off directly from the water's surface.
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