Double-crested Cormorant catches a fish
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A cormorant catches a catfish and shows how to swallow it whole. Illustrates why fishermen who use cormorants for this purpose put rings around their necks t prevent them swallowing the fish. The cormorants appear to be extremely skilled, and clearly pursue their prey under water sometimes for some distance, surfacing quite far from where they first spotted the fish.
Taken once again on a cloudy morning at Conowigo dam (perhaps one day I will be lucky and get there on a sunny day!) but posted here for those interested in seeing this kind of behavior.
The gangly Double-crested Cormorant is a prehistoric-looking, matte-black fishing bird with yellow-orange facial skin. Though they look like a combination of a goose and a loon, they are relatives of frigatebirds and boobies and are a common sight around fresh and salt water across North Americaג€”perhaps attracting the most attention when they stand on docks, rocky islands, and channel markers, their wings spread out to dry. These solid, heavy-boned birds are experts at diving to catch small fish.
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