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Canal Life.

For the last few weeks I've been seeing this juvenile Great Cormorant (Gairgeann - Phalacrocorax carbo) on a canal pontoon. Any time I've seen it, I didn't have a telephoto lens. Any time I took a long telephoto lens, I wouldn't see the bird. This photo is a crop from an image taken with my 40-150 zoom. Not ideal, but, acceptable.

To allow the birds to catch fish by diving, they don't have oily feathers. Consequently, they have to dry their wings.

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I've mentioned before that has, without any training, taken it upon herself to wait patiently, while I photograph subjects. I've now noticed that she actually watches the wildlife I'm photographing.

Here she is looking across the canal, directly at the Cormorant, as I'm photographing it.

Eventually, I will just get Gruoch to take the photographs, too.

@fitheach

Do you honestly believe that nonsense about having to dry their wings?

Obviously comorants think they are super jacked and they are always flexing so everybody can see.

@Alonealastalovedalongthe
You've got that wrong; those are long diatribes conducted on the shores of Lake Como.

@fitheach Dogs do seem to have an aesthetic sense. Lexie used to love simply looking at her landscape. My goodness, I miss her.

@withaveeay
Lovely. Was she a Wire Fox Terrier?

I've noticed that both and enjoy taking in a nice vista. I've always assumed they are surveying the scene (for possible prey etc.).

@fitheach She was a Westie. Also see the last picture in her obituary. We have so many pictures of her just happy to stand and stare when we were out and about.
vasten.co.uk/blog/index.php?po

@withaveeay
Sorry for the mis-identification. She looked quite tall and narrow in that photo.

I've had a Westie, a Cairn and a Scottie. All three were/are wonderful dogs. Terriers are always so full of life.

I enjoyed reading Lexie's obituary, so many parts of her story resonated with me.

@fitheach She was actually quite small for a westie. And yes, terriers are best, we think.
Glad you enjoyed reading her obit. It was difficult, but necessary, to write, and, looking back, I'm glad I accepted the pain of the time.

@fitheach Maybe you could fit Gruoch with a GoPro or something similar. 🙂

@sohkamyung
99% of the footage would be a close-up view of the ground she is sniffing.

@bonzoesc
"Our" Cormorants have a hooked bill which sets them apart from other similar birds.

@fitheach finally got some good shots of the ones here so i could really tell them apart today! m.bonzoesc.net/@bonzoesc/10736

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