Coastal Bird Species Part II
Bird Watching 101
Whether you are new to bird watching or a seasoned pro, coastal bird species are fun to spot and fascinating to watch. Have you ever seen an interesting bird while out on the water and wondered what it was? Yachts4Fun aims to not only educate you on powerboat operation, but we also aim to share our love and admiration for the ocean and its creatures with you. As promised, an ongoing blog series dedicated to your education about seafaring birds will be presented here today. We will continue highlighting two more of the ocean’s most amazing species of birds!
The double crested cormorant is matte-black and stocky bodied. This is a bird you may have spotted standing on docks or rocks with their wings spread wide to dry. It may look weird but this behavior is easily explained! The sun dries the bird and warms their bones. Double crested cormorants are not fully waterproofed and must manually dry the underneath areas of their wings. These solid, heavy boned birds are experts at diving and catch small fish easily. At one point in time double crested cormorants were threatened by the use of DDT, in recent years their numbers have increased to a level that no longer renders them endangered.
This all white, long-legged beauty of a bird has probably caught your eye more than just a few times. With their svelte bodies and graceful presence they may have you convinced that they are gentle creatures. Think again! Young egrets are so aggressive in the nest that the stronger siblings often kill their weaker kin. When the survivors of these brutal nest wars become mature they stand at about three feet tall and boast an impressive wingspan of five feet. Males are only slightly larger than females. Great egrets hunt prey like fish or frogs. They stand nearly immobile, when the prey comes close enough; it only takes one deadly jab of their bill to kill.
Bird watching and powerboating go hand-in-hand. As always we recommend keeping a pair of nice binoculars on deck. Happy powerboating!