I’ve seen the Double Crested Cormorant so many times by now that they’ve become common place. It’s almost too much of a shame though because this is an impressive and interesting water fowl. The “drying” pose has been described, by my mother in law, as the Karate Kid pose. While it does have a Daniel-San sort of vibe to it it’s also what makes this bird just so unique.
Unlike most ducks, Cormorants need to dry their wings by opening them up and waiting for the sun to completely dry them. If you’ve ever seen this act in person you’d see just how funny it is to see a bird stand on the rocks with it’s wings wide open – yet it doesn’t do anything more. It’s the equivalent, to me, to a person standing there with their mouth wide open.