Double-crested Cormorant – Friday Photos

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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

14 Comments

  1. Tammy Karr February 11, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Beautiful capture Mia! The detail is excellent!

  2. Robert Mortensen February 11, 2012 at 6:11 am

    The eye is like a jewel.

    • Mia McPherson February 12, 2012 at 6:26 am

      Yes they are Robert, like a stunning Sapphire!

  3. Eileen February 11, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Gorgeous photos, I love their eyes.

    • Mia McPherson February 12, 2012 at 6:26 am

      Thank you Eileen, their eyes are beautiful!

  4. Karen Bonsell February 11, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Mia, what a gorgeous shot! I love how you captured that eye! We have a lot of these here in Louisville, KY near the river. I am still hoping to get a close enough or clear enough shot to capture those beautiful eyes! Nice work!

    • Mia McPherson February 12, 2012 at 6:25 am

      Karen, thank you for you comment. The Double-crested Cormorants we have here don’t have such a vivid blue eye, ours are a bit duller in color but I think the whitish crests here compared to the black ones in FL are fascinating.

  5. Dan Huber February 11, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Great capture of the colors and texture of the face Mia.

    • Mia McPherson February 12, 2012 at 6:25 am

      Thanks Dan! They can be such fun to photograph.

  6. Prairie Birder February 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Cormorants are such great birds, you took a very nice photo of this one Mia.

    • Mia McPherson February 12, 2012 at 6:23 am

      Thanks so much for your comment PrairieBirder

  7. Laurence Butler February 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I really like Cormorants too. Their eyes are stunning and their beak looks like it’s made of polished quartz. It’s nice to see on down on the sand too, on a more natural habitat than on the gross peers and canal spillways where I see them in Phoenix.

    • Mia McPherson February 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Laurence, their eyes are stunning and I agree with you about the bills looking like polished quartz, great description! Thank you for your comments.

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