22 Apr 2013

Cormorants on a distant rock.

Sounds like the first draft of a Ted Hughes poem, but no...
These splendidly named Phalacrocorax carbo were digesting on rocks exposed at low tide. The right hand bird was spreading its wings, which, it used to be thought, was to dry their feathers. Maybe so: they do spend a lot of time in the sea and diving to catch fish on the seabed, but the principal effect is that the bird's large flight muscles generate heat and help heat up the North Sea temperature fish in their stomachs to speed up digestion.

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