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Old 04-24-2013, 01:44 AM   #21
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I have some shots of DNR agents destroying thousands of Cormorant eggs as the species has been deemed a menace to the Great Lakes ecology....but it appears the thread is headed in another direction...
They eat fish. What's the menace in that?
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:28 AM   #22
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Hi skid, feel free to start a DNR agent thread and post their pictures. This thread so far is on topic.

These aren't seabirds of course but I recently took these in Essex, UK







Taken with my 7d and 50mm 1.4

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Old 04-24-2013, 02:33 AM   #23
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Yep. No photoshop, definitely cormorant with fish in beak, took a while to swallow it. Any menace is to fish.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:28 AM   #24
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Kind of preachy, I know, but I've been writing a script the last few days for a video I've been asked (well, told) to produce to try to keep pilots the world over from running their planes off the runway when they land. So I'm in a sort of "preachy" mode anyway.......
Marin, an abbreviated version of that, I'd love to read. Any chance of it on the off topic, or would it be consider commercial in confidence type stuff...?
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Cormorants discovered a hatchery the CA Fish and Game had back in the early 90's. If I remember right there were 500,000 fingerling white seabass in them and only two cormorants ate that stock down to under 100k in a week. The F&G wanted to kill them but the feds said no.

They are big eaters. Everytime I see one coming to the surface it has a fish in it's mouth.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:13 AM   #26
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They eat fish. What's the menace in that?

I'm a big admirer of fish. They're destroying the fish stock in the Lakes and crowding out the native birds.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:17 PM   #27
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I believe Cormorants are the birds the Chinese train to catch fish, a ring goes around the birds neck so he can't swallow it but brings it back to the boat, I guess for a "treat"
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:45 PM   #28
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I believe Cormorants are the birds the Chinese train to catch fish, a ring goes around the birds neck so he can't swallow it but brings it back to the boat, I guess for a "treat"
Marin has great shots of this process.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:15 PM   #29
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I'm sure the cormorant on Marin's arm in the above photo is a fisher. Probably just had his treat!

Edit: I just checked on the photo. It's gone! Perhaps I was dreaming.
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I got these shots walking the docks this morning at Bluewater Bay Marina - Valparaiso, Florida. Where we are spending 2 days.
The fishing is good, for the birds anyway. The Green Heron caught about 10 minnows as I watched, the Osprey had a good sized Mullett up in the tree.
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Steve, since you are in the area, do you ever see a blue heron? Or a wood stork?
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Steve, since you are in the area, do you ever see a blue heron? Or a wood stork?
Great Blue Herons are very common around here FL. Gulf Coast as they are in Louisiana.
We have lots of Wood Ibis in Louisiana but I don't know if they are the same as a wood stork?
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Marin, an abbreviated version of that, I'd love to read. Any chance of it on the off topic, or would it be consider commercial in confidence type stuff...?
Any release of Boeing information, imagery, etc. has to be approved by Boeing Communications. The finished video will be distributed to every airline on the planet in the hope that every commercial transport pilot on the planet will see it. At that point it most likely will become okay for public use.
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"Mr. Big" rules the small lake where we keep our boat. His specialty...whipping small boat dogs into a frenzy with the hope that they will jump off their boat in pursuit. He then casually leads them to the middle of the lake, where he attempts to peck them until they drown. If they're lucky their owner launches a dinghy or a passerby saves them. So far no fatalities. Lovely animal.

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Old 06-06-2013, 10:10 AM   #36
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Here's a couple from our last outing.
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Aus-good thing the guy in the 2nd picture had his hat on!

Years ago in Daytona Beach, the senior partner in a law firm I worked for decided to take all us 1st year lawyers out for lunch. He was a bit of a stuffy guy. As we walked from our office to a nice restaurant on the beach, a huge seagull landed one right on his head. It was very difficult for four new lawyers not to burst out laughing as he tried to act as if nothing had happened.
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Here's a couple from our last outing.
So, that's why Aussies wear wide brimmed hats.
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