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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wednesday's Wisdom is from Cormorants

The bird seen atop this image, as you may know dear reader is a Cormorant. In it he/she is swimming in either the lake or in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park.

I confess that I'm not sure of the exact location that I encountered this bird as I took this photo of him/her in May of 2018.

At that time, I also took other pictures of this bird which can be seen in the next two images.

I discovered the three pictures included here while doing "house cleaning" of my photo libraries and seeing them prompted me to google what Mary Oliver has said re this bird type, for I know she has written poems about so many different birds (which is a fact I've discussed in prior entries here on Blogger where I've referenced her poems).

And much to my delight, I came across Mary Oliver's poem (within the CROW'S WING Blog) re Cormorants. Here it is:

All afternoon the sea was a muddle of birds,
black and spiky,
long-necked, slippery.

Down they went
into the waters for the poor
blunt-headed silver
they live on, for a little while.

God, how did it ever come to you to
invent Time?

I dream at night
of the birds, of the beautiful, dark seas
they push through.

The three images of Cormorants that I've included thus far do not exactly depict them as "black and spiky," as Oliver describes them in her poem; but I have seen them on occasions when they appear in that manner, as evidenced in the following images, which were taken at the Reservoir on July 4th 2017.

Admittedly these images would be much better had I been closer to this pair of Cormorants, or if my camera lens was longer. But I have mixed feelings in getting close to birds to photograph them as I don't want to disrupt their daily living. Plus I do have a long lens, just not long enough to capture a scene like this!

Be that as it may, in my fact checking to prepare this entry, I came across an interesting idea related to the wisdom of Cormorants; which is this:

"Cormorant symbolizes taking action, bravery, and resourcefulness. This regal bird knows exactly what it wants and how to get it. Cormorant is asking you to dive deep to catch your desires. Once a Cormorant commits to something they are usually able to achieve it because of their resourceful behavior and willingness to embrace the unknown.

Cormorants bravely choose to experience heavy challenges because they understand that doing uncomfortable things is necessary in order to achieve their goals. Cormorant is telling you that hard times are actually gifts that are leading you to your soul’s needs.

As a bird, you might find yourself getting caught in mental loops in your head as you soar through the air, but remember the Cormorant finds food and nourishment in the sea (heart & emotions). Try navigating your feelings through your heart more often than your head and you’ll fill your soul with abundance.

Cormorants have a shorter wingspan than other birds, which helps them swim better. This creates the need for more energy during flight. Deep breath work will help you gather the power you need for longer flight and to dive deeper into the waters of your heart field...

The Cormorant is often seen spreading their wings out to dry. This is because they don’t secrete enough oil to keep their feathers completely waterproof like other aquatic birds do. They are cleverly designed this way. Cormorants have an advantage over the other fish-diving birds because the water weighs down their feathers, making it more efficient for them to dive faster and deeper than others. You have this advantage too when you go for what you want. Drying off the wings reminds you to take a moment to open your heart and bask in gratitude after each success, instead of diving immediately into the next thing... Cormorants produce pellets just like Owl, Hawk, and Eagle. This means that if you take on more than you can chew, swallow it anyway because you will be able to learn from what’s needed and let go off what’s no longer serving you."

By the way Cormorants are referenced in volume three of my series, Words In Our Beak and here's the purchase info:

Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529
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Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
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Volume Three: ISBN: 978099637853
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