Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) in Seattle, Washington.

Okay, I’m pretty careful when I’m photographing around roosts. And, cormorants give you plenty of warning with all of the guano splatters below their perches. In fact, I can’t think of the last time I got hit by a big bird … so, it’s funny that on the same day I photographed this display, my camera and I got a nice spray from a different cormorant — filtered, thank goodness, through layers of leaves and branches. My Olympus E-3 is weather-sealed. The manual doesn’t establish one way or the other if it’s guano-sealed.

This is, again, two exposures — one shot for the cormorant, and one for the moon. I didn’t change the location or the size of the moon, just layered in a sharper, focused version. You can see the pre-Photoshop version below.

Cormorant Poop from a Branch

Message From a Cormorant - ©ingridtaylar

The pre-Photoshop/layered version:

Moon Blur - ©ingridtaylar