Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday: Neotropic Cormorant

Cormorants have become one of my favorite birds to watch.

Unlike ducks, their feathers are not waterproof.  I often see them drying water-logged wings in the sun.

That's not a stick or a snake, it's a cormorant swimming under water with just the head and neck above water.  

That's a big fish he caught.

Yesterday, I found these juveniles harassing mom.

Photos taken on Heron Island at Smith Oaks (High Island, TX), Shangri La (Orange, TX), and Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.

I'm linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday.   Stewart has posted Australian cormorants this week.  They look a bit different than mine.  No, I didn't do it on purpose.  


Brian Miller said...

they make me think of dinosaurs...we used to see them in florida...great shots

mick said...

Great photos of the cormorants. I really enjoy watching them holding their wings out to dry.

NatureFootstep said...

o, you found a nest. How lucky you are. I see lots of cormorants but never seen a nest. :(

Kymbo Whitford said...

We have the Black and Whites as shown on Stewart's site but I am not a fan. These smelly, noisy birds annoy fishermen by stealing their baits and/or fish. There are thousands of them infesting the coast here and I have done battle several times to unhook them after ingesting hooks. Ive been savaged/bitten/pecked/scratched but managed to return all the birds to the water relatively unharmed. The worst of it really is their colonies, the smell of Ammonia is overpowering, you get watering eyes immediately and headache, sore throat after a short time.

Sage said...

Great photos!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful! Love the shot of the bird with its wings spread out.

TexWisGirl said...

hi! thought maybe you had given up on blogging. :)

i like it when cormorants stop here, too. such cool birds!

Stewart M said...

I think it would have been cool if you had done it on purpose!

Interesting, if not pretty, looking birds.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

eileeninmd said...

The Cormorants are cool birds. I love the shot with the big fish and the nestlings. Great photos, Jen! Happy Birding!

Along These Lines ... said...

Clever cormorant

Rachel Cotterill said...

I love cormorants, they're such distinctive birds :)

Anita said...

I was walking on a small bridge that goes over the a wetland stream near my house today. I heard a honking sound, but saw no creature. I thought about you; that you'd be able to tell me what I heard.

Hope you're doing well and still snapping your wonderful photos.

David P. King said...

These are some great catches, for the bird and photographer. :)

Matt Moore said...

Ornithologists Unite! Great Work.

SandFord High School said...

Nice shoots... Very experienced photographer

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of birds, great clarity.

Florence Jessica said...

Great photos of the cormorants. I really enjoy watching them holding their wings out to dry. Its very experienced photographer. personal statement writers

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