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photoblog image A Mid-Week Break

A Mid-Week Break

 

Sometimes you just need to stretch your wings a bit!

(a cormorant dries off its wings at the Merwede River in Gorinchem, NL)

 

 

 

 

A Mid-Week Break

 

Sometimes you just need to stretch your wings a bit!

(a cormorant dries off its wings at the Merwede River in Gorinchem, NL)

 

 

 

 

comments (31)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Nov 2014, 00:07
Ha Ha

In this case I think the boid is drying them rather than stretching them, Ginnie...



smile
Ginnie Hart: As my text says, Ray, the boid is definitely drying it's wings (per Astrid...and I watched it sit there for minutes on end!)...but I'M the one stretching mine. smile
Great capture Ginnie...
at our age... we have to stretch our wings to keep them from cramping up Haha!! ....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Peter. Exactly! smile Thanks.
Super shot. I like the composition and that is nice detail.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Michael. Because he sat their drying himself off for what seemed like forever, I felt very lucky to catch him in his feathered splendor.
What a beautiful specimen!! Oh my...those feathers! Great capture!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Robin. He was quite still throughout his drying routine, so I felt very lucky to catch him in his feathered splendor.
A master of all she surveys.
Ginnie Hart: And all while she dries herself off...a multi-tasker. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Nov 2014, 04:47
I love this pose of those cormorant/aalscholver.
I bet his deodorant is dry by now.
Great treatment here.
Ginnie Hart: You have to remind me every time what this bird is but after this time, maybe I'll remember? I hope so. Bedankt, MLMA.
Excellent capture of this typical scene Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Nov 2014, 06:20
A nice photogenic pose for you Ginnie, we have Cormorants living in trees close to the river at home
Ginnie Hart: Astrid always has to remind me which birds these are, Chris, even though we see them all the time. I'm hoping this time I'll finally remember, since I could almost count its feathers. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Nov 2014, 06:46
I like cormorants [aka shags], Ginnie.

I really like this image for the context in which it is performing its ablutions.
Ginnie Hart: Shags, then, they are, Ray. And that rhymes with rags...which is what we can dry ourselves with...so maybe now I will remember what these birds are called. HA!
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 19 Nov 2014, 07:24
Le cormoran prend son envol : jolie prise
JP
Ginnie Hart: I kept expecting him to take off, JP, but he sat there forever, drying his feathers. It was quite fun to watch. Merci.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Nov 2014, 07:25
a wonderful photo from Holland! I like your sentence very much! You are so right.
Ginnie Hart: Every once in awhile, Philine, I sit here at the laptop and do a big stretch with my arms and hands to the sky. That's what I thought of when I saw this cormorant. smile Bedankt.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 19 Nov 2014, 07:36
awww that is a beautiful picture, and your caption is perfect... dear God, make me a bird, so i can fly far from here ~forrest gump
Ginnie Hart: In my youth (those many years ago, ha) I often had dreams of flying just above the treetops, Elaine. A dream analyst would have fun with that one, right? smile Astrid says the cormorants dry their wings like this...which is obviously true since it just sat there like this for a long time. without flying away!
Looks like he is getting ready for a little dance.
Ginnie Hart: Don't forget the song, too, Bill. grin
superbe détail de l'envol de ce bel oiseau!! amitiés
Ginnie Hart: It will soar as soon as its wings are all dried out, JP. grin (I guess it's hard to fly with wet, soggy feathers!)
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 19 Nov 2014, 09:10
N-I-C-E!!!
Ginnie Hart: He really was, Lisl. smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Nov 2014, 09:15
A cracking shot, Ginnie; I love the composition. The cormorant's markings seem fairly similar to the weathered timbers.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Alan. A good camouflage, then? smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Nov 2014, 10:32
A little bit of a bottom wiggle too if I am not mistaken!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Good eye, Mike. smile
Well done, Ginnie. Our cormorants have all flown off to warmer climates. I like their poses.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mary. I think our climes are still pretty "warm" in comparison. I guess ours will stay around for awhile?
  • Pat
  • France
  • 19 Nov 2014, 11:02
hello
Superb cormorant is dry! a good sunbath
pleasant day
Ginnie Hart: He was definitely enjoying himself, Pat. smile Merci.
Posing just right for Gorinchem's equally best photographer.
Ginnie Hart: How kind of you, Brian. Thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Nov 2014, 14:26
Shucks, excellent detail on that bird by the Powershot. I am impressed. I like the composition and if only the bird would have turned its head a little. Boid? Elmer?
Ginnie Hart: I love this little magical camera, Louis, with its 1200 mm range. It has done wonders for me and this bird is an example. Thanks.
Beautifully captured Ginnie. Just look at the detail in those wings. This wing drying business seems very popular with them
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Janet. I have loved watching these birds do their thing here. A nice education. smile
Love this shot. Captured so well - rendering all of the colour and texture
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Ian!
A characteristic cormorant pose!
Ginnie Hart: So I am learning, Tom. Thanks.
Good timing is a gift of the camera gods...
Ginnie Hart: In this case, I had plenty of time, Larry, because he just stood there forever, drying his feathers. It was quite fun to watch. I kept waiting for him to fly away, but NO. He wasn't moving from his perch.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Nov 2014, 20:04
Very nice smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, John.
that is an excellent shot smile
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Joshi.
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 20 Nov 2014, 02:37
I think that you have done that too Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yes to the stretching part, Chad. smile
  • Focales
  • France
  • 20 Nov 2014, 10:37
I like cormorant ! It's a beautiful bird with a red small eyes
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marie. Next time maybe I'll be able to see its eyes?! smile
showing off nicely the handsome feathers.
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if he/she knows how beautiful they are??? smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Nov 2014, 20:30
Fabulous smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Cherry!

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