When Your Wings Are Wet

cormorants dry wings on mussel-covered rock at low tide

When your wings are wet.

We were circling Hammond Rocks, fishing for Chinooks just inside San Juan Point on the west coast of Vancouver Island. These cormorants were drying their wings after their own fishing excursions.  Below them? Mussels exposed by low tide.

Since cormorants have less preen oil than other birds, they don’t shed water well—and they emerge from the water soaked.

 

cormorants dry wings on mussel-covered rock at low tide

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

—Mark 6:31

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