Splish-splash, I was taking a bath ….  #Wordless Wednesday  #Double-Crested Cormorant a/k/a “The Flasher”

Wordless Wednesday – allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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47 Responses to Splish-splash, I was taking a bath ….  #Wordless Wednesday  #Double-Crested Cormorant a/k/a “The Flasher”

  1. peggy says:

    That bird was in hog heaven. He totally enjoyed his bath. Love that song you mentioned – splish splash I was taking a bath. Ha

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      It sure was Peggy – that was at Coan Lake at Heritage Park and I think that it lives there all the time now. It was having a great time as it was the only bird in the water. 🙂 I like that song. I used to have some friends who had a 50s band and we would go to their gigs sometimes, so I got to know a lot of the 50s songs.

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      • peggy says:

        Ah, the 50’s – I was a teenager in the late 50’s. I love the music from that era.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I wish I had been a teenager in that era Peggy as I think the music was fun and the clothes were as well. I knew a lot of the music from then as my friend’s group played the same songs at every gig, so I got to know them. I never missed watching “Happy Days” when it was on.

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  2. rajkkhoja says:

    Wonderful flying the bird. So amazing swimming bird. Beautiful capture the picture. I like.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked the picture rajkkhoja. Cormorants are really unusual looking the way they dry out their wings because they have no oil on their feathers so they must “drip dry” – it was the only bird in the pond, so it was having a great time!

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  3. A bath with a shower — who could ask for anything more? 😉 Lucky cormorant. 🙂

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  4. Great photos. LOL – it’s so fun to watch them take baths. Can you imagine if humans were so flamboyant? What a mess we’d make in our bathrooms. 🤣😂🤣

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  5. LaShelle says:

    Always love your duck photos!!

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  6. Anne says:

    What a happy cormorant!

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  7. after bathing many birds spread their wings to help dry them. I see these guys doing this all the time. Eagles do it as well.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      As I understand it, Cormorants don’t have any oil in their feathers, so they have to spread their wings to dry them off. They like to dive … I see them dive and they don’t come up for air and when they do, it is quite far away, so it’s difficult to get a shot of them. In this case, it was the only waterfowl in Coan Lake so it was easier.

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  8. ruthsoaper says:

    Looks like it’s having a good time. 🙂

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  9. Laurie says:

    Cormorants are one of my favorite birds, even though they are not colorful or flashy. They always seem so playful to me and I like that!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      This one was having a whale of a time at Coan Lake Laurie. It is the resident Comorant there and it was the only bird in the water, so it was dipping and diving and kept going under the fountain. It was the first time I really got a good picture of it as there are usually ducks around. I was at Lake Erie Metropark and saw my first Pied-billed Grebe recently. It was similarly diving repeatedly and enjoying itself in one of the lagoons. It makes you smile, just when you see a bird enjoying a bath in a puddle or birdbath.

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      • Laurie says:

        I don’t see too many Pied-billed grebes around here, either. The cormorants are usually diving for fish when they submerge. They don’t eat water plants or algae like a lot of other ducks – they are fish-eaters.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        They do stock Coan Lake with fish so no wonder it has taken up permanent residence. It is catch-and-release for the angler, but an all-you-can-eat buffet for the ducks, geese, Heron (only one of them) and Cormorant.

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  10. How lucky you have been this year to get beautiful pictures of birds I have never seen! What fun he must have have taking a shower. 💕

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      You’re right, I have had a good run of getting unusual birds’ pictures this year Diane. They weren’t even on my “birdie bucket list”. I also got a Pied-billed Grebe from a recent trip to Lake Erie Metropark. That was also a first for me. They are a little bit odd looking too with an eerie call, almost like a loon. I was thinking I’d post different bird pictures through early Fall.

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      • I don’t think I have seen a Pied-billed Grebe before. I hope you do post different bird pictures, I know I would love that.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I would not have known that Pied-billed Griebe if not for following the Detroit Audubon site. It looks a little like a duck, only rounder and has a striped beak. That’s great Diane as I think I have enough bird pictures for the next 5-6 weeks. It has been fun holding over a few pictures from my long Monday posts (which are already long enough) to use for a Wordless Wednesday post.

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  11. Jessica says:

    Wow!!!! What fabulous pictures!

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  12. Looks like that bird is having a refreshing time in the summer sunshine.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, they are so funny these Cormorants. They have no oil on their feathers, so they climb out of the water and immediately spread their wings to air-dry them. Birds always seem like they enjoy taking a bath. My canary did not like using a bird bathtub that hooked on his cage door, preferring to hop into his water cup, sink down into it and splash around instead.

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  13. Great pics, Linda! Birds need to bathe too! 😀

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  14. What a character, great capture, Linda. Interesting to know that about their feathers!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Terri – they are quite the characters with those wings outstretched like that. I go to a park along the Detroit River where the Cormorants roost in trees. When the trees are bare, you can look up and see 40-50 Cormorants roosting there. I wasn’t sure what they were at first, until I recognized the long, hooked bills.

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  15. Ally Bean says:

    I have to smile. That bird looks so happy. Nice pic

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  16. J P says:

    I cannot recall noticing a wild cormorant before, and the photos are great. The cormorant is supposedly the bird that was the inspiration for the hood ornaments on Packard automobiles for many years. A search for “Packard cormorant” will turn up gobs of examples.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      That was interesting JP. I did the search and did turn up a lot of examples. I have to say I would not have recognized the cormorant in the hood ornament. The ornament looks sleeker than a cormorant looks with its long hooked bill and its wide webbed feet. Thank you for sharing that info – now when I see one I’ll think of a Packard. The Packard plant in Detroit is old and in bad shape and was to be demolished this year after a foreign investor bought it and wanted to repurpose it (possibly for shops or apartments), then lost interest. It is quite an eyesore now.

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  17. Prior... says:

    Sure splashing delight !

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