These common birds are fish eaters. They are often seen perched on rocks or posts around coastal waters. Local people in Atlantic Canada know them better as "shags." Many folks think of them as ducks but they are not so.

A curious fact about cormorants is that, unlike other water birds, they do not possess an oil gland. Therefore they are unable to oil their plumage to waterproof it and must dry their wings frequently. This is often how they are seen . . . perched on a rock, a bridge abutment, a post, whatever,  with wings extended in the sun drying their feathers.

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