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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

If you look carefully at yesterday's top photo (below) you will see that the pelicans are sharing their little island amicably with some Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus). I should say that the cormorants are sharing their island with the pelicans since this island almost always boasts a number of cormorants resting and drying their wings after their diving exploits and the pelicans are relatively short-term visitors. Generally the pelicans keep to the eastern end of the island and the cormorants tend to hang out on the western end - "Birds of a feather...etc."


JoJo said...

I never even saw cormorants till I came back here last year. They like to hang out at the Canal.

William Kendall said...

Quite a flock!

There's a small rocky island on the Ottawa River below Parliament Hill that this pic reminds me of. It's the exclusive domain of birds.