The same day I got the picture of the Great Blue Heron I was lucky enough to get a few more pictures.
Upstream from Penny Island there are a couple of driftwood logs that have come to rest near the south shore of the estuary. One log lies prone in the water, as if napping like a harbor seal. The other stands up at attention looking like a Western Grebe’s neck. When the river level is high like it was last Saturday,
Cormorants enjoy sunning themselves there. If a kayaker takes care to approach slowly enough, the Cormorants take little notice and continue to preen and warm their wings in the sun..
I believe these are Pelagic Cormorants because of their black feathers and gregarious behavior. If you know different, please feel free to let me know in the comments below.