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Double-crested Cormorant catches a fish

Double-crested Cormorant catches a fish
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-09-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D610, Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM+1.4xTC
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-10-15 15:05
Viewed: 1751
Points: 4
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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 America—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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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-10-15 16:57]

Hello Alan, Pretty neat idea!
I really like this collage which shows in sequence, images of the Cormorant downing the fish. Looks like either a Channel Catfish or a type of sucker to me. Well done!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-10-16 15:45]

Hi Alan,magnificent collage showing us all the moment of the fishing activity of this cormorant. Great idea and great result,i like the excellent sharpness too despite the small space available there for the upload.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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