Monday, May 17, 2010

Flawed birds...?

Cormorants are swimming shore birds that don't produce enough oil to keep their feathers from becoming sodden while they hunt for fish. Is it just me or does this seem like a design flaw?

When the feathers become too wet, the birds go ashore and find a likely spot to dry. Then they spread those wings and let the sun and air work its magic until they are ready to get back to the hunt. A little preening and they are in business.

Meanwhile, they provide quite a stunning image, stock still and wing spread. It makes me think there is a lesson to be learned here... when life seems too heavy, take a break, (spread your wings if you like) and be still a time. Then resume your activities and see if things aren't a bit better after a little airing. I'm gonna give it a whirl.

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