These Guys Need A Lot Of Runway
This past week I was watching a cormorant fishing in the salt marsh. Two or three times he took off to go fish a bit farther down, and each time it took him longer to get started. He could barely get airborne. I guess once they get good and wet they also get heavier which means it takes a while to get going.
Plus…they have to do that hop, skip, and jump technique before they can even think about taking flight. That’s where all the extra required runway comes in handy.