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Thursday, February 26, 2009

2.26- SkyWatch Friday - Migration

Great Cormorants flying North over the River Neuse towards New Bern

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Huge numbers of Great Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) that have been wintering in the local NC coastal areas (as well as SC and GA) are now migrating northward.

These pictures were taken on one of the early morning ferry runs from Minnesot Beach to Cherry Point... While waiting for the ferry and while crossing, endless streams of cormorants in V formations, single-file lines, and general jumble formations were flying above the river towards New Bern and final destinations well north of there.

The vast multitudes were difficult to capture in still photos, and I wished I had had a video capable digicam with me.

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Guy D said...

Wow what an incredible amount of birds, great shots.

Have a great weekend!
Regina In Pictures

Linda Jacobs said...

Yes! The birds are heading north? It's about time! Can't wait for spring! You did such a great job capturing them!

CTG Ponies said...

Great shots!

Pat and Abe said...

Wonderful. Nice photos for SkyWatch Friday. I am always interested in what others are doing.

My Skywatch Post

Rob Ripma said...

Awesome, that must be quite a site to see!

Babooshka said...

Hitchcock would be proud of these brilliany shots.

kden said...

My first time here. You don't seem very dinghy ;-) Great shots! I bet it was amazing to see it in person.

Hilda said...

OMG, these are awesome! Happy Sky Watching!

Arija said...

Great captures!