Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Double-crested Cormorants

 Double-crested Cormorant  (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Expert fishers, Double-crested Cormorants are a fairly common sight  on the north side of Lake Ontario this time of year.

 Soaking up some sunshine

Supposedly they do not winter on the Great Lakes but I saw a few in Hamilton, Ontario last year where they stayed out our nastiest winter in many years.

 Coming up after a dive


Drying off

Added later: The double-crest is visible on adults only during breeding season.

I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

49 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Awesome shots of the DC Cormorants.. The second one soaking up the sunshine is one of my favorites..Have a great day!

Andy said...

I agree awesome!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

I am fascinated by these birds ever since I saw a PBS special on them. Lovely clicks CameraGirl. I especially like "Drying Off"!

Revrunner said...

I think they are tough birds. But I think your winter would have been still tougher.

Carole M. said...

lovely photos and I'm left wondering where is the 'double-crest'?

Jacquelineand.... said...

You always capture such great detail; I love the way the feathers are outlined.=)

Anvilcloud said...

They are nicer up close than I thought. They look drab and ugly form far off.

William Kendall said...

They look quite distinctive.

Mersad said...

Really beautiful birds, and I love your captures. Especially the third one.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Lowell said...

I think we have more anhingas down here than cormorants, but they look a lot the same. Nice captures, EG!

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting birds. Lots of them out this way too. MB

aspiritofsimplicity said...

we see them quite often down here as well (Massachusetts, north shore of Boston) but I don't get to see them this close-up very often. They are not exactly the prettiest birds I've ever seen but they do have their own sort of beauty.

Phil Slade said...

Brilliant shots. Cormorants are so prehistoric looking with those reptilian-like, scaly feathers.

TexWisGirl said...

such cool birds. love their eyes an their feather detail!

Kerri Farley said...

They really have such striking eyes! Super shots!

Birgitta said...

Awesome shots!

see you there! said...

I was just about to ask where the double crests were. I do like to watch cormorants dive.

Darla

George said...

These are wonderful pictures of the cormorants. I especially like your first photo. Thanks for explaining why I didn't see the double crest.

Gail Dixon said...

Your images really captured the feather details superbly. I can never catch them in the right light. Great job!

llandudnopictures said...

Beautiful, well done!

Ginny said...

These are excellent pictures! I have seen one cormorant in my life, he was out on a rock in the middle of a huge pond. Needless to say my pictures were so bad that I deleted them. So it is great to finally see one up close!

Adam Jones said...

Fantastic close ups. They actually are quite pretty in a strange way when you look closely at them.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI EG Fantastic shots of these birds.

Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful and interesting bird.

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful birds... fantastic images.

Linda W. said...

Interesting birds. You got some good pics!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

A pleasure to see these birds close up.......lovely photos!

Jane Hards Photography said...

Gorgeous. These birds escape me down by my local harbour. Great captures.

Debbie said...

great captures, they have beautiful eyes!!!!

RedPat said...

Too bad they seem to be a problem for trees when they all nest together in huge numbers!

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

those eyes are wild. neat-o!! ( :

cieldequimper said...

Fabulous shots. I have to look up cormorants again, I thought they were black, perhaps they are here and yours are different...

edenhills said...

Glad you edited to let us know about those crests. These are great shots!

Lisa Gordon said...

What beautiful birds they are!

Randy said...

They almost don't look real.

Michelle said...

I love the one soaking up some sunshine!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

You get such good pictures of this bird.I usually see them only in flight and from far away.

Marie said...

Beautiful water birds, these cormorants! Great photos of them.

NatureFootstep said...

wow, those guys really posed for you. Great shots all of them. :)

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, your DC Cormorants look different from our dark grey ones and love its sweet emerald eyes♡♡♡

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs to from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Halcyon said...

I guess climate change is altering their habits? Nice-looking fellows!

Kathy said...

They have such an interesting beak.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous birds! If I see cormorants here, they're always far away.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I love these guys when they open and flap their wings to dry, such show offs :)

bailey-road.com said...

Fantastic captures. I love the photo of the sunbather!

janiceadcock said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos.

Mary Cromer said...

Beauty of a set~

Chris Rohrer said...

Wonderful pics! It's weird to think that they are related to the Pelicans but now I understand why they'd hang around one.

Jack said...

And by winter they will be visiting me.

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