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Feathers are not waterproofed!

Posted by
Ina (Krugersdorp, South Africa) on 5 January 2008 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

All cormorants are fish-eaters and their feet have webbing between all four toes. After fishing, cormorants go ashore, and are frequently seen holding their wings out in the sun; it is assumed that this is to dry them. Unusually for a water bird, their feathers are not waterproofed. This may help them dive quickly, since their feathers do not retain air bubbles.

Known as Cormorant, "sea raven" or shag

SONY DSC-H7 1/500 second F/4.5 ISO 100 78 mm

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SONY DSC-H7
1/500 second
F/4.5
ISO 100
78 mm

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