Thursday, August 02, 2007

More Creatures from my Waterfront Walk/Jogs

Obviously the pictures come from the walks!
On the other hand these guys play a giant role down there at all times - they are Double-Crested Cormorants, and a nearby landfill has become one of the world's biggest breeding areas for the little devils.

One morning, SillyWife and I were jogging and turned the corner to one of the small enclosed bays and it was thick with these birds; clearly there was an amazing collection of fish that morning in the bay; these guys swim underwater and grab fish as they do so.
I have also been so lucky as to be at another of the small bays with the light just kind enough to let me see one of these birds chasing fish underwater.
They are amazing.
One thing you do not have to be lucky for, just have the right timing, is see them during their daily commutes; in the morning the sky can be thick with them flying just above the water, heading east from their home on the Leslie Street Spit, going to feeding grounds I assume are around the Scarborough Bluffs. It is awesome to see.
Their ubiquity has one funny effect; in the migration season, one can mistake a Loon passing through for one of these guys, as their behaviours, and body outlines, are fairly similar.


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