DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT

DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANTS
DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANTS
DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANTS
DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANTS

In the cormorant family of seabirds, the double-crested cormorant is the most distributed in North America. They are also a familiar cormorant found inland by lakes, ponds, rivers, and bays. They nest in trees, they will also roost in trees or on rocks by water. Double-crested cormorants have an aquatic seasonal diet of fish or crustaceans, which they will dive from a shallow area and swim low in the water to find, they will go underwater, but usually keep their head or neck above the surface. They will also eat amphibians. After diving, they can be found standing with their wings spread, for long periods of time. Their wings are not waterproof, so this is how they dry them. The double-crested cormorant is another bird that was once on the decline before the ban of DDT and other pesticides in 1972, their numbers seem to have stabilized. Here are two I saw hanging out at a pond that I go to frequently.

More reading: BIRDS BY THE WATER

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