This is a young double-crested cormorant drying its wings on a piling at Log Boom Park in January 2015. Unlike most water birds, cormorants’ feathers aren’t fully waterproof, so after they spend time diving for dinner they stand on a perch with wings spread to dry out.
This is a pretty lousy photo in general, especially since I was testing my new camera at higher ISO settings, the light was from behind, and twigs were in the way. But I do like the way the sunlight illuminated the wing feathers. Posted for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with the topic of feathers.