Double-crested Cormorant on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida

 Double-crested Cormorant on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida –  Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/500, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 300mm, natural light

Double-crested Cormorants are the most widespread of North American cormorants where they are found in salt and freshwater habitats. Double-crested Cormorants pursue fish under the water and because of their webbed feet they can swim rapidly. They can live up to 18 years and their status is secure. I love how their dark plumage sets of the beautiful blue eyes and orangish colored facial skin.

Mia