Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cormorants

These Cormorants are from my archives and were seen during one of my many visits to Chincoteague National Wildlife refuge. The birding is great at Chincoteague and these Cormorants are just one of the many birds you can see there. The Double Creasted cormorants are a common species and they nest in colonies along the coast. They are diving fish eaters and are cool birds and fun to watch them fish. The Cormorants are also seen holding their wings open in the sun to air dry their feathers.












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62 comments:

JOE TODD said...

Nice post Eileen. Always an enjoyable visit to your blog.

Tammy said...

Great photos and great bit of information on the Cormorants.

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Yes, I agree these are wonderful birds to watch, they just seem majestic to me. They love nesting in the many magroves we have here in Florida. Great photos!

squirrel said...

Nice photos. I love to see them fly up and down the river during migration. There is just nothing like them is there. Take care.

The word verification for this comment is "inflygi". It could be the scientific name for a new species of bird that has a mating call of "Gi-Gi-Gi" that it performs as it dives at G force speeds to impress the female. "In-fly-gi"...it is one of the more interesting Word Verifications I have had to type.

Riet said...

Beautiful birds and pictures. Always good to learn something. Thank you

Gattina said...

I don't know why but I thought they were all black. Maybe it's a special break, the pictures are very nice !

Small City Scenes said...

Very interesting bird. We have many out here on the eaterways. Yours look like the Brant's Cormorant. the ones I see the most are the Double crested. Neat no matter what. MB

Pepper said...

Wow you have some amazing photos. Love how you can almost see them "conversing". LOL

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Randi said...

Absolutely beautiful birds! I have never seen these before. Thanks for sharing, Eileen.

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful birds and great shots:-)

Jo said...

Hi Eileen;) your photos are AMAZING of these comorants. I have just familiarised myself with the birds in South Africa and now I've moved to North Africa. I have a book which teaches me all about the birds in Africa south of the Sahara so have a new challenge ahead of me! I love your nature photos - excellent.

Carletta said...

Wonderful captures!
I love the second one where they seem to be plotting something and the third one reminds me of friends out for a walk stopping to chat and share or wait for one to catch up.

Prizler Photography said...

Fabulous photos. Really beautiful birds. I like the last photo showing their black feet.

Diane AZ said...

The Cormorants are lovely. I don't see many waterbirds in the desert. Your header photo is stunning.

Pam said...

Those comorants are beautiful. We never seen birds like that in our area. Thanks for sharing!

luolaleijona said...

You had birds & water too :) I don't think I've ever seen those birds here.

chubskulit said...

I like the place where you live Eileen, lots of animals to see.

Watery Wednesday

Carver said...

You got some great shots of the coumeronts. Looks like a great wildlife refuge.

LV said...

Another great bird showing for today. You have some interesting ones around your area. These little ducks,that is what they look like to me, are so cute.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a fasinating bird. I enyoyed reading about it. What a delight to have you stop by. Pop in any 'ole time.. hugs ~lynne~

Elaine said...

Interesting post and lovely pictures!

Mona Sweden http://fotoentusiastenfotoblogg.blogg.se said...

Beautiful birds and photos. I love especially the first one.

Helena said...

These are wonderful Eileen! I especially like the second one.

Jeanne said...

Hello Eileen, I love the cormorant photos. You did a great job getting these shots. birds are hard to capture. I have never seen them before. A lovely watery post.

Hugs, Jeanne

Stine in Ontario said...

You were able to get quite close to the cormorants! I only see the in the distance around here. Wonderful shots!

SquirrelQueen said...

The cormorants are one of my favorite birds to watch when we go to the coast. Great photos Eileen.

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

Great nature photos! I'd love to watch them dive and fish too.

A piece of news said...

Those are great photos!

Rambling Woods said...

I've only seen one once and it had stopped off at the pond to fish. Really neat looking bird..It looks like I copied your spring ticker so I will change mine..sorry about that... Michelle

NicoleB said...

Lovely shots of some of my favorite birds.
I think they are awesome.
Watched them on the golf course the other day.
A whole flock,playing around and circling.
Have been to Chincoteague 20 years ago :)
Don't remember much of it, but have pics to prove it :P

Picture Imperfect said...

I saw these birds on Planet Earth! ;o)

Great shots - I particularly like the second one!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Eileen, You have some great pictures of the Cormorants... Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Bill S. said...

Cormorants have a bad name here in Idaho. They do take a lot of fish and mark many of those that get away. But they are an interesting bird.

Leora said...

Handsome birds. Love your second photo - something about the water and the bird's neck and the scenery as a whole. Feel like we are behind the bushes peeking in on their world.

moorebloglife said...

Lovely shots..... they are not my favorite bird but I love to see them here Eileen, great job!

Marvin said...

We don't have any Cormorants in northern Arkansas, but I love seeing them when I'm on the coast. Watching them fish is grand, but for some reason, I'm especially fond of their wing-drying pose. Nice shots, Eileen.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Eileen: We have these at our lake and they always put on a neat show.

MyMaracas said...

I don't think we have those here, but I have seen documentaries of people using captive cormorants to catch fish. They are amazing little hunters. Nice photos of an interesting bird!

AL said...

I learned something today Eileen, thanks for sharing.

AL

Anya said...

Very amazing shots today
my compliments :-)
So natural !!!

Have a wonderful weekend :-)

Maria said...

Your bird posts are so nice. These seabirds are called "skarvar" here in Sweden. Thanks for stopping by.

Lavender Cottage said...

Great photos. I first saw these birds on a river boat cruise in Florida and found them fascinating.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Nice shots, I remember the first time I saw comorants, I did not even know they passed through Iowa but they do, I have seen them many times since, interestesting birds.

Your cardinals photos are beautiful, my favorite birds.

jabblog said...

Wonderful shots! We see cormorants when we sail but never in numbers like this!

Ladynred said...

What a wonderful capture of the birds and great info.

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Joy said...

I don't think I've ever heard of Cormorants before - thanks for sharing!

Müge Tekil said...

Beautiful photos of cormorants. We have these birds in my city too but their colour is 100% black. As you say, it is really fun to watch them fishing. Have a pleasant weekend!

Michael said...

I've watched cormorants a few times watching them diving, and wondering when and where they are going to surface. I can't remember ever seeing how big their feet are though. No wonder they are such great swimmers. Must be the first time I've seen them on land.

ellen said...

What a great entry you have. Hope you have a nice weekend. God Bless!

Karine said...

Greta bird shots once again, you,re really good at capturing them!

Janie said...

The cormorants are beautiful birds. Nice photos of them here.

eden said...

Such beautiful birds and you captured them wonderfully. Love all your photos..

Have a good week!

Wren said...

I love Chincoteague and I love cormorants, so this approaches being a perfect post.

Willard said...

Excellent information and wonderful photographs of the cormorants. This is another species that I have not gotten good close photos of.

storyteller said...

Beautiful cormorants ... they look different from the 'snowy white' ones I see in here in Southern California ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Larry said...

Great shots of the juvenile Double-crested Cormorants Eileen! Chincoteague looks like a super birding spot.

Marci said...

I really like Cormorants. I see a few on the Susquehanna. Great photos and I love your header.

Johnny Nutcase said...

cool photos of the cormorants, Eileen. They (and anhingas also) always seem a little alien-ish to me, in a good way! :)

mick said...

Nice birds and I like your photos. We have cormorants here also - but not that kind.

Fadzil Zainal said...

I love the second photo..looks like they're chatting about something..
Thanks for visiting my Cockatoo earlier :)

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Nice photos, Eileen! I was surprised to see them walking on land!

nonizamboni said...

Nice to see cormorants. . .they hang out up north in MN and are so fun to watch all summer. Very nicely done!