Double-Crested Cormorant

Wading Birds at Lust Road

February 16, 2021 - A Double-crested Cormorant caught a fish, then swam in circles with it trying to drown it into submission.... Read more

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Springtime Stop at Lake Morton

April 20, 2019 - This Double-crested Cormorant sat on a brick wall, looking at me and showing off his double-crested tufts of feathers that he sports only during the breeding season.... Read more

Double-Crested Cormorant

Spring is in the Air

February 25, 2018 -  The Double-crested Cormorant develops a beautiful electric blue eye, and if you're lucky enough to see him open his mouth, you see that his mouth turns a matching blue color.... Read more

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Gatorland in Early April

April 23, 2016 -  All the species were there: Great Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Anhingas, Double-Crested Cormorants, and Cattle Egrets....  A Double-crested Cormorant was hunting for nest material, and he flew regularly between a tree and his nest.... I climbed the observation tower and found myself looking straight into a…... Read more

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Venice Rookery

January 21, 2015 - One of my best shots of the morning was a Double-crested Cormorant, who surfaced with a  huge catfish.... Read more

Double-Crested Cormorant

Bend and Snap: Breeding Double-Crested Cormorants

March 8, 2014 - A few weekends ago at Viera Wetlands, I photographed this Double-crested Cormorant on a palm tree trunk in front of me.... I've often wondered why these birds are called Double-crested Cormorants....  The Florida subspecies of Double-crested Cormorant has black crests, but other subspecies have white feathers mixed into the crest.... Read more

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Viera Wetlands Nesting Season in Full Swing

February 1, 2014 - Anhingas and Double-crested Cormorants also nest at the Viera Wetlands....  I had a Double-crested Cormorant land right in front of me and preen in the gorgeous morning light.... Read more

Circle B Christmas Trees

October 2, 2012 - At this time of year, the Wood Storks and Double-Crested Cormorants tend to roost in the tall trees in the middle of the marsh at the Circle B Bar Reserve.... Read more

My First Bufflehead at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 26, 2011 - Two Double-Crested Cormorants made me laugh.... Bird Species List (39 total): American Bittern, American Coot, American Wigeon, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Bufflehead, Common Gallinule, Double-Crested Cormorant, Eastern Meadowlark (heard), Eastern Phoebe, Gadwall, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green-Winged…... Read more

Three’s a Crowd

November 25, 2011 - Within seconds, a Double-Crested Cormorant flew in and displaced both the Kingfisher and the Starling.... Read more

Birds Posing on Palms at Viera Wetlands

November 22, 2011 - The best path for morning light is the path you turn onto as you come into the wetlands, and I was lucky that the sun came out as I circled around to that path.  The golden light was quite pretty for a while.  I parked by a set of…... Read more

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo on Marsh Rabbit Run!

August 5, 2011 - The Wood Storks and Double-Crested Cormorants have returned to the reserve.  They covered the trees, looking like ornaments on Christmas trees.  A couple of cormorants posed on posts on the Wading Bird Way trail.  The lake made for good background bokeh.... Read more

Nesting Season Winds Down at Polk Rookery

July 10, 2011 - These two guys cracked me up.  The juvenile Double-Crested Cormorant was begging for food, fussing like crazy.  He flapped his wings and threw his head around, and the longer the other bird ignored him, the fussier he got.  I guess he didn't care that the other bird was an Anhinga! …... Read more

Stoneybrook Signs of Spring

April 6, 2011 - Lesser Scaup The Double-Crested Cormorants have re-appeared, swimming on our ponds in flocks.  They weren't around in these numbers during the winter, either at home or at the Circle B Bar Reserve.... Double-Crested Cormorants We've been seeing "Shrek the Shrike" on his weeping willow trees again.  He sits up at…... Read more

Let’s Go Build a Nest! (Polk Rookery)

March 20, 2011 - Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery, this one is totally wild.  There were hundreds of birds there, most of them sporting their breeding plumages.  We saw Great Egrets, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Black-Crowned Night Herons, White Ibises, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Little Blue Herons, Brown Pelicans, Double-Crested Cormorants, Anhingas,…... Read more

Finally! I Photographed a Painted Bunting at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

February 13, 2011 - A flock of Double-Crested Cormorants was feeding, with plenty of fish visible in their hungry beaks.... Gulls stealing fish from Double-Crested Cormorants A brave House Wren posed for me on a branch right next to the path.... Yellowthroat, Common Grackle, Common Moorhen, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Phoebe, Fish Crow,…... Read more

More Double-Crested Cormorants Around

January 28, 2011 - I've been noticing small groups of Double-Crested Cormorants starting to hang around the golf course when we come home in the evenings.  They hadn't been around so much during the wintertime.  This one was content -- he had a fish!... Double-Crested Cormorant... Read more

Skies Filled with Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 28, 2010 - The backlight was very bad, but I turned up the exposure compensation and turned on fill flash, and then adjusted Shadows and Highlights in Photoshop Elements, and here's the result: Pied-Billed Grebe with fish Likewise, this Double-Crested Cormorant was very backlit, but a set of new batteries in my flash…... Read more

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A New Place to Explore: Viera Wetlands

November 26, 2010 - Red-Shouldered Hawk Red-Shouldered Hawk A Double-Crested Cormorant sat in the same tree and sunned himself for our entire visit.... Unfortunately for us, all we saw were these Double-Crested Cormorants.... Double-Crested Cormorant Several of the ponds were just covered in American Coots.... Read more

Happy Hallo-wren at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 1, 2010 - Tricolored Heron Hundreds of Anhingas and Double-Crested Cormorants flew overhead as they left their night roosting trees and took over off the marsh.... This was my best shot: Double-Crested Cormorant This Eastern Phoebe repeatedly called "Phoebe!... Baby Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied…... Read more

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Quiet morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 18, 2010 - Limpkin Looking across the marsh, there were hundreds of Double-Crested Cormorants roosting in the trees.... Double-Crested Cormorant Double-Crested Cormorant The only interesting migrant bird I saw on Heron Hideout this morning was a Caspian Tern.... He flew in with a bunch of Double-Crested Cormorants.... Read more

Activity Starting to Pick up at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 12, 2010 - Tree Swallows Double-Crested Cormorants and Wood Storks were roosting in the trees in the middle of the marsh again this week.... Double-Crested Cormorant I was ecstatic when the Belted Kingfishers flew across the marsh right in front of me.... Species list: Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-Bellied Whistling…... Read more

Little Birds Galore at Circle B Bar Reserve

March 20, 2010 - Juvenile White Ibis There were several double crested cormorants out on Wading Bird Way.  It's such fun to watch them fishing.  They go underwater in one place and then come up far away.  I took several shots as this one took off: Double-Crested Cormorant Takeoff This green heron was perched…... Read more

Bird-watching at Circle B Bar Reserve

December 23, 2009 - Anhinga Anhinga Some of the trees are so filled with double-crested cormorants that they look like Christmas trees, except with birds instead of ornaments.  The light was very nice on this bird in one such tree: Double crested cormorant Walking on Marsh Rabbit Run, we heard some new sounds, and…... Read more

Our first visit to the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 8, 2009 - Double-crested cormorant As we reached the end of Marsh Rabbit Run and turned onto Wading Bird Way, we saw this little sparrow hopping around on the ground.  I think it's a Savannah sparrow.... Read more