Double-Crested Cormorant (Juveniles)

Unlike the Anhinga who spear their food with their sharp straight beak the Double-Crested Cormorant hooks it’s prey.

Double-Crested Cormorant | March 14 | Alice Mary Herden
Double-Crested Cormorant | March 14 | Alice Mary Herden

Juveniles have pale white/brown chests with patches of darker brown and the adults are dark brown/black. These birds are powerful swimmers.

Double-Crested Cormorant | March 14 | Alice Mary Herden
Double-Crested Cormorant | March 14 | Alice Mary Herden

By the sizes of these, I am assuming a couple of years old. I occasionally drive around Bayport, and I am surprised that I didn’t see them when they were younger, or maybe they were breed somewhere else and moved to this location.

Double-Crested Cormorant | March 14 | Alice Mary Herden
Double-Crested Cormorant | March 14 | Alice Mary Herden

 


Links:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Double-crested_Cormorant/overview

https://www.fws.gov/southeast/faq/double-crested-cormorants/

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/double-crested-cormorant

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