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January 15, 2009


There are sizable numbers of Neotropical cormorants (Phalacrocorax olivaceus) that hang around the lakes near where I live here in Tempe. As I drove home this evening a flight of about ten of them were moving from one of the lakes westwards to another nearby lake. That sparked the posting of a poem.

Children imitating cormorants

Children imitating cormorants
are even more wonderful
than cormorants.

Kobayashi Issa / translated by Robert Hass

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  1. January 16, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Is Phalacrocorax olivaceus the same species as Double-crested Cormorants?

  2. John Lynch
    January 16, 2009 at 9:38 am

    The double-crested is P. auritus.

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