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A Juvenile Black Crowned Heron by Merhlin
A Juvenile Black Crowned Heron
Another example of how some immature birds can look so different from their adult counterparts. I wasn't sure what this was and I had to look-up the bird in a bird book to know for sure. My first clue however was four mature black crowns sitting in nearby trees. It was the first time I'd seen this species of heron sitting in a tree. Usually I see them stalking the shallows of water somewhere. 
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Flaps and Gear Down by Merhlin
Flaps and Gear Down
A double-crested cormorant near landing after passing very near a lesser scaup. I know, there's nothing special per se about this photo but I love it when I achieve clarity and can freeze the motion. I happen to like the blue and reflections in the water. The blurs to the left are the closer branches of a newly leafing bald cypress tree. 
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A Lot of Cormorants by Merhlin
A Lot of Cormorants
This is the time of year at our small lake that we have a lot of double-crested cormorants, a few hundred at least. Several times a day they cruise the water in packs, searching out good fishing spots. Like many waterbirds they will all paddle in the same direction (for the most part) most of the time. Making out any one "leader" is impossible. What determines the direction they head is a mystery to me. I thought about making this a sort of "sermon on the mount," because of the one cormorant on the shore who has not joined its cohorts (for whatever reason.) Perhaps it's a General George Patton Cormorant trying to rally the troops! :) 
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Coot Scoot by Merhlin
Coot Scoot
I struggle (more times than not)  to get the exposure dialed-in on coots. They require good light, are almost always in motion,  appear almost black in most light and have a deep red eye that isn't always visible. I'm rather proud of this one Though I see many just as good here on Deviant. Finally I can consider one of mine to be one of the good ones. More background would have been nice but you have to take what they give you. They are quite shy here and will always take a wide berth around you or flee altogether. 
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So what, exactly, does that mean?
I think it means they have a more discerning eye.  ;)  lol

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Thanks for adding me to your :+devwatch: Hope we can meet more often :D
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Thanks for your kind support :D
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Thanks a lot again, Jeff. Always very much appreciated !
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Thank you for adding another photo of mine to your collection of favourites. :) (Smile)
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