Cormorants, Basking in the Sunset

We spent part of the afternoon walking around Copperhead Island at Lake Wylie.  The first cove we encountered held about a dozen resting cormorants and a whole hill of Coots (not shown here).

This photo was taken through the trees and there were a number of out-of-focus branches and twigs in the way.  I used the gradient tool in Adobe Lightroom to brighten up the right side of the photo, which erased the twits and branches.Cormorants in the Setting Sun