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Double-crested Cormorant

This log at the edge of one of Magnolia Plantation’s ponds is often occupied by a drying Anhinga, but on this day a Double-crested Cormorant had possession.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

I have rarely seen one this close, and he seemed to only be paying attention to the warm sun.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

About an hour later when I passed back by, sunlight was no longer shining on the pond or the bird, and the Cormorant was in the same spot.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

And he was just as uninterested in passers by.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Restless Great Blue Heron

This was the scene under the Spoonbill Tree at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area on a recent cold and windy morning. The Roseate Spoonbills were wisely at the back of the pond, tucked under a bigger tree.

Great Blue Heron, Gallinules, and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron, Gallinules, and Double-crested Cormorants

A few Gallinules were popping in and out view and the Great Blue Heron seemed on the verge of doing something as he repositioned several times.

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants

The GBH moved back into the water when a Great Egret appeared. This dead tree, which has been a great perch for a Roseate Spoonbills over the last few years,  has taken another step towards its end as another good size limb has fallen off this winter.

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, and a Great Egret

I was expecting the Heron to drive off the other birds the way he came back around the front of the island all puffed up.

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants

But he decided to ignore whatever was going on behind him at least for the moment, as one lone gull paddled by.

Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, and Ring-billed Gull
Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, and Ring-billed Gull

February 4, 2021

Cormorant Bouquet

This scene of a cattail, some pond-side greens, and a Double-crested Cormorant made me think of a bouquet.

Cormorant, Blue Water
Cormorant, Blue Water

I edged along the path to get a better angle and the Cormorant decided to relocate.

Cormorant, Blue Water
Cormorant, Blue Water

He wasn’t in any particular hurry, with a gentle splash he dropped into the water.

Cormorant, Blue Water
Cormorant, Blue Water

Then he headed toward the middle of the pond.

Cormorant, Blue Water
Cormorant, Blue Water

Anhinga vs Cormorant

Lots of folks confuse these two water birds, it was interesting to see them side-by-side, watching one of each compete for the same space.

Anhinga and Cormorant
Female Anhinga and Double-crested Cormorant

The immediate way to tell them apart is the Anhinga has a straight bill and the Cormorant’s is hooked.

Anhinga and Cormorant
Anhinga and Cormorant

The Anhinga won the first round of “King of the Hill.”

Anhinga and Cormorants
Female Anhinga and Cormorants

A few minutes later one of the Cormorants returned, showing off his feet as he looked to get closer to the stump.

Anhinga and Cormorant
Female Anhinga and Double-crested Cormorant

An Ibis was on the scene, but had no interest in the competition.

Anhinga and Cormorants
Anhinga and Cormorants

Another view showing off the beak comparison.

Anhinga and Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant and Female Anhinga

A Spoonie Tree Full

We call it the Spoonie Tree because the Roseate Spoonbills often perch there, but it really is first come, first served and this year I’ve seen more Double-crested Cormorants than Spoonbills.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret

The Cormorants were just enjoying the sun and grooming, but the Spoonbills had a need to agitate.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret

Getting an image with all heads up didn’t work out that day.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorants, Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egrets came and went, mostly ignored by the others.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorants, Snowy Egrets

January 16, 2020
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC

Cormorant Take Off

A Double-crested Cormorant was standing on a post, flapping his wings, which of course got my attention.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

He dropped down as if he was going to spend some time in the water but then went into take off mode.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

His splashes reminded me of a skipping stone.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Finally airborne, he disappeared down the canal.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
March 9. 2020

Cormorant on the Hunt

One of the neatest things I observed on my recent trip to Florida was Cormorants feeding.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

This pond had a deeper channel near the edge and I had an obstructed view into the water, which was quite clear. I was amazed at how fast they can swim.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Zoom!

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

And pop back up.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

I watched two birds make several passes in front of me. Once there was a prize, complete with some vegetation.

Double-crested Cormorant with Fish
Double-crested Cormorant with Fish