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Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

Description:

The Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is a member of the cormorant family of seabirds. It occurs along inland waterways as well as in coastal areas, and is widely distributed across North America, from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska down to Florida and Mexico. Measuring 70–90 cm (28–35 in) in length, it is an all-black bird which gains a small double crest of black and white feathers in breeding season. It has a bare patch of orange-yellow facial skin. Five subspecies are recognized. The Double-crested Cormorant is found near rivers, lakes and along the coastline. It mainly eats fish and hunts by swimming and diving. Its feathers, like those of all cormorants, are not waterproof and it must spend time drying them out after spending time in the water. Once threatened by use of DDT, the numbers of this bird have increased markedly in recent years. [Wikipedia]

Habitat:

Crescent Lake, St. Petersburg, Florida

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17 Comments

Seema
Seema 7 years ago

nice shots

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Thank you Atul!

Atul
Atul 8 years ago

stunning series Laurie!!
youve got a nice blue backdrop behind the birds

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Thanks Sachin!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Very Lovely,,,

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Thanks, isscarr!

isscarr
isscarr 8 years ago

Nice shot!

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Thank you for the nice comments Laura and Alice!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Very Nice series! You can see the difference between them and Anhingas.!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 8 years ago

Beautiful set of photos Laurie! I love how vibrant these cormorants are, from the brilliant yellow on their bills to the beautiful blue eyes! Gorgeous spotting :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Yes, even I think they look like gems.

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

I think they look like gems.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Love the blue eyes.

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Thanks Karen!

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Thank you textless!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Great photos!

textless
textless 8 years ago

Lovely series and really interesting.

LaurieWinters
Spotted by
LaurieWinters

St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 14, 2011
Submitted on Dec 18, 2011

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