The Travels of Tug 44


Double-Crested Cormorant






The Double-Crested Cormorant is a large diving bird that makes its living catching fish. This one was sitting on some driftwood on the Hudson River in Fort Edward. They are a bit different from other water birds in that they lack the usual hollow bones and also their feathers are not oily. This makes the bird heavy for its size, and makes them better divers. During breeding season, they grow long white "eyebrows" ... the "crests", though this photo was taken out of season.   high-res



Because of their weight, the Double-Crested Cormorant floats very low in the water, and all you see is the neck and head. And because of the non-oily feathers, they need to dry out after diving so they can fly better. You often see them sitting on buoys and navigation markers, with their wings spread out, drying.   high-res



This close-up of a Double-Crested Cormorant shows a hint of his double crests, tufts of feathers above each eye, though not in breeding colors.   high-res



Double-Crested Cormorants float very low in the water. All you see much of the time is the head and neck ... periscope birds!   high-res



Water landings are never pretty with large seabirds. As they land, they stick out their webbed "duck feet" and the water sprays in all directions ... even the most skilled ones look like amateurs. :)   high-res



The Double-Crested Cormorants do look a bit prehistoric as they congregate on driftwood to rest and dry off after a hard day's fishing. I do really like the teal-colored eyes when the sun lights them up.   high-res

The Double-Crested Cormorant, a highly specialized fisherman.




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