Birds of Florida – Double-Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants

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I  was lucky enough to see this flock of Double-crested Cormorants while I was bicycling along a drainage canal on Daniels Pkwy in Ft. Myers in the Autumn of 2014. Cormorants look similar to Anhinga’s but can be distinguished by their shorter bills which are also bent down at the end. These birds are very strong swimmers and feed by diving for their prey in many types of aquatic habitats such as lakes, rivers, swamps, ponds and bays. Their diet includes fish, crabs, crayfish, frogs, salamanders and snakes. They usually swallow their prey whole once they are caught. I have seen these birds swim several yards underwater to catch their prey. The Audubon Guide to North American Birds has some good information to learn more about these birds. You can also visit All About Birds to learn more about Cormorants and hear an audio of their calls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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