9 August 2018 at 10:53:32 MDT
The most widespread of our native cormorants on the American continent, one that at one time was nearly exterminated but recovered much like the Great Egret and Atlantic grey seal. ^u^; I'm shocked to find out that many people regard this beautiful, goose-sized diving bird as an "invasive"[sic] and a "pest", mostly out of jealous competition for fish.
There was a nesting pair of these beauts at Lake Douthat this summer--they've flown off now that their chicks have fledged but it was nice seeing them perched in pine boughs, drying their wings in the sun. ^w^