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Hello! I've recently moved to the Raleigh NC area and there are so many new animals for me to learn about! I took a hike on Sunday to a nearby lake and spotted this interesting friend. The bird was perched on a log sticking up out of the water, only about ten feet from the shore. The weather was sunny and warm and it was about 3:30 in the afternoon. When we went by the first time, this one was alone, but coming back, there was another perched right next to it. I couldn't hear it's call, but I could see it's throat moving. We joked that it looked like it was gargling. It did it over and over and seemed undisturbed by our group discussing it at conversation volume nearby, is fair considering it looked to be at least a foot tall. 

 

Thank you for any help!!

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Double-crested Cormorant!

Not sure what it’s doing with its throat though 

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It’s gular fluttering! Cormorants open their mouth and flutter their upper throat muscles to promote heat loss, similar to dogs panting and humans sweating.

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I agree with Double Crested Cormorant.  You will love NC.  ( I am in Winston Salem) If you get a chance, check out the Bald Eagles and Osprey at Jordan Lake.

And Welcome to Whatbird!

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