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