Double-crested Cormorant coming in for a landing

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Double-crested Cormorant coming in for a landingDouble-crested Cormorant coming in for a landing – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 135mm, natural light

As I continue to work on moving my photo galleries I have come across images that I am reprocessing or processing for the first time and this is one of those images that I hadn’t touched. I was photographing birds in flight from the Gulf Pier at Fort De Soto when this Double-crested Cormorant flew in for a landing. I photographed this as the cormorant flew over my head to land on a light pole right above me.

This is a young cormorant and part of the reason the tail looks tattered is that the cormorant is going through a molt, the four central feathers of the tail are fresh and coming in, the outer ones are worn and would soon be replaced after I took this image.

I’m glad the cormorant didn’t decide to relive itself as it came in to land or I might have been wearing white-wash!

Life is good.


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  1. Patty Chadwick March 9, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Jeeeez! You came awfully close to becoming “Guano Girl”….!!!

  2. Elephant's Child March 9, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    LOVE that perspective.

  3. Julie March 9, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Is that why the pheasants tails look so scruffy in the winter? I thought they were fighting to make the others look bad for the ladies in the spring 🙂

  4. Liz Cormack March 9, 2015 at 7:31 am

    I was photographing a gull overhead & it DID relieve itself. Ugh. I never knew that about the tail feathers of the cormorant. And, of course, great shot of the overhead cormorant.

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