Happy Flag Day

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Today’s Flashback Photo

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6 Responses to Happy Flag Day

  1. Mary S. says:

    I realize that I’m revealing how “city” I am, but I simply must ask: What is that bird that looks like it could be the Loch Ness monster, with the curved neck (at times), the green eye, the hooked top bill, that swims low in the water, that catches (and I presume eats) a fish as big as, or bigger than, itself? What IS that bird? It’s enough to send Jeremy Wade looking for a “River Monster”.
    Another question: If these birds (Heron and whatever the others are) eat such a large fish, can they go a week or longer without eating? I’d think they’d need some few days to digest those large fish.
    And I’m still amazed at your ability to catch a bird hopping mid-way from stone to stone. Wow! MCS

    • Grampy says:

      Mary S,
      The birds are double crested cormorants. They catch the fish they eat below the surface. Yes, they can eat surprisingly large fish. The bottom jaw opens as well as the throat and down they go. The one that almost had the fish get away is an adult. The close ups shots are of a juvenile. The one that ate that large fish it almost lost continued to go under looking for more. Normally in the afternoon you will see them perched somewhere, I suppose drying out, resting and digesting.

  2. I hope that cormorant got the fish turned around before it tried to swallow it.
    Excellent shots of the double crested cormorant!
    Nice shot of the raccoon too, but I wonder what it was doing out in daylight. A lot of them are rabid up here.
    Hard to believe you have butterfly weed blooming already!

    • Grampy says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      Yes, the cormorant got it flipped around. Thank You. I wonder too when coons are out in the daytime. Have not heard of as man rabid as back east. Summer knocking on the door here.

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