HELLO BLUE EYES
Cormorants have beautiful blue eyes. This fellow was found in Middleburg by Dana who rescued him from the side of a road. Upon x-ray it was revealed he has a broken radius in his right wing. Thankfully this is a break that can heal, so his wing is wrapped to keep the bones aligned and 'Sinatra' is going to rehab at The Ark for several weeks until he is ready for release.
Cormorants are fascinating birds. Dr. Thom Kazo and Donna Kazon wrote the following... about them.
"...After plunging into the water like an out-of-control aircraft, however, his performance is nothing less than exquisite. Every clumsy move made out of the water is transformed into the power and finesse of a guided missile in the depths. His feather structure greatly decreases buoyancy, allowing complete entry into the water. The plumage retains water, and the outer portion of the feathers is wettable. A layer of air is maintained next to the skin. Add to this is a skeletal structure heavier than most, with bones that are solid, not hollow, and eyes that are adapted for both aerial and underwater vision and the result is a breathing projectile capable of diving to 80 feet and maneuvering for at least a minute at speeds to 38 miles per hour.
After a quick swim to the surface, only the cormorant's snakelike neck pops out of the water. Unable to float, his body three fourths submerged, he's reminiscent of a waterlogged submarine with a bent periscope. An honest half-hour of fishing will likely yield his daily catch,as many as eight fish totaling up to two pounds, some of them 16 inches long."
With an appetite like that, you can imagine how costly it is to rehab this bird for many weeks. Please help defray this expense with a DONATION to support The Ark Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation. Thank you!