Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cormorants Playing Tug o' War


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It's amazing that you can go bird watching in an urban setting but it's possible to do just that in Oakland's Lake Merritt. When I went there, I chanced upon a group of cormorants who got fascinated with a rope in their "island". I really enjoyed watching them because it looked like they were playing tug o' war.
"Lake Merritt, home to large breeding populations of herons, egrets, geese and ducks, is the oldest wildlife refuge on North America. Countless migratory birds make the lake their home during the winter months. The birds get so accustomed to people that you often can see them at close range."- www.oaklandnet.com/parks
Cormorants Playing Tug o' War 5


Cormorants Playing Tug o' War 3

Cormorants Playing Tug o' War 2

Cormorants Playing Tug o' War


35 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my post. I appreciate the inside look at the cormorants. I don't know that I've seen them before today. Cherry Kay

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  2. How interesting. I never would have believed it if I had not watched that video. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Awesome! The captions under each pic were perfect. Great job, patsada!

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  4. I never see the cormorants in the lake when i visit. Lucky you.

    aka Ewok

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  5. Shey: Just a wonderful set of photos of the Cormorants. Neat post with the tug of war.

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  6. Great post. These are fantastic shots of the cormorants.

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  7. Urban areas are some of the best for bird watching in my opinion- mainly because I don't have to travel far to get there!

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  8. Hihi you made me smile, thank you I just needed that.
    love your photographs

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  9. aloha,

    how funny is this, i bet there was alot of jostling going on here..these were great captures.

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  10. A fascinating sight! It feels so good to see birdlife at play like this! Wonderful shots!

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  11. Loved these. And you were so close. Last Friday I watched a pair of cormorants diving and then drying off...but I was too far away to get a good photo.

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  12. Those are great shots of the cormorants and I enjoyed the video. Comical over that rope weren't they? Thanks for sharing this.
    An English Girl Rambles

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  13. That's such a fun post, and great photos. They certainly look like they're having fun!

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  14. Such funny birds! And it does look like they're having fun!

    I only ever them sitting atop the cables and wires across the river,

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  15. LoL!!! OMGosh, that's so funny! That's a grrreat find, especially to show us all on WW!!!

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  16. Fantastic captures. I love the way you have built the story around tug of war. Lovely.

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  17. these are great shots! love the captions, too.

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  18. Such great captures and emotions! They could also be talking about playing "skipping rope"!

    The colors are so excellent!

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  19. That was just so cute. What great shots and video. You've made my evening :)

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  20. Really lovely pictures! Good work!! :-)

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  21. What a wonderful post of these vociferous birds. Well done!

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  22. That is so funny! I have never seen birds playing like that!!

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  23. What fun pictures! We visited San Francisco last month and it was the first time I had ever seen these birds.

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  24. What great pictures and an entertaining video. I so seldom get over to Oakland though I live in Daly City - once in awhile to go to Yoshi's. It's amazing that there are so many bird species there.

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  25. What a fun post = great shots and love your captions!

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  26. Amazing captures!

    Happy weekend ahead.

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  27. beautiful photo essay! delightful action shots! good capture so clear and vibrant!

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