A few weeks ago, the other half and I were walking the lake when we saw some old friends we hadn’t seen in a while:
Yep, it was our buddy the blue heron. He flew up next to us and then started croaking at us. We weren’t, however, fishing, which supports the theory that we were scaring the fish toward him. Too much laughter, I suppose.
We also saw our old nemesis, the cormorant:
I’d been seeing a black flash sitting on this stick for a few days and finally got to get out to the fishing finger nearest it to find him. Unfortunately, he’d also brought two of his closest friends.
The first one is actually a neotropic cormorant. The other two are double-crested cormorants. Much bigger, much evil-er (Yes, that’s a word). Why do I think this? This nifty guide shows the major differences: size, tail length and shape, and the shape of the gular pouch (think the big pouch on pelicans). Neotropic cormorants have an acute angle to their gular pouch, while double-crested cormorants have a more square angle.
We also got to see lots of coots and ring-billed gulls (none of which had any crappie this time) hiding on one of the low islands exposed by the drought.
Yes, I know, they’re not great pictures. But until I am genetically engineered to have some photographic talent, that’s what I get. Besides, you can tell they’re birds, right? You can just trust me on what kind of birds they are.
Maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll get to see some more birds closer to home…