Monday, March 12, 2012

Shoot Me Monday

In the winter, Double-crested Cormorants can be found hanging out at the local Tucson ponds in small numbers.  They are much more abundant in the Phoenix area, probably because they have all the water!  I found this one preening his feathers at Reid Park in November.

Double-crested Cormorant


  1. Very nice shot- love being able to see each feather.

  2. A great pose and look at that beautiful eye Jeremy!

  3. Great feather detail! I love how big and chunky their feathers are, almost more like scales than flying apparati i.

  4. It is too far south to get to see them display their filoplumes.

    The yellow of the DCC extends over the eye and along the lores, and in the Neotropic there is no yellow on the lores. There are just two cormorants in the area for which I am aware, and often it can be difficult to distinguish them. Recently saw cormorants at Sweetwater (13th) & Columbus Park (16th). I take these to be NC as they seemed to have light pale feathers around the eyes.

    The NC was for a while called the Olivaceous Cormorant, Phalacrocorax olivaceus. For many sordid reasons a change in both the vernacular and scientific name was proposed ("Wilson Bulletin," vol. 101), and NC is P. brasilianus.

  5. Hi,from the U.K.Just found your blog. Some fantastic pictures. All Best Wishes Phil.

  6. I love the texture of the feathers in this photo. Thanks for sharing what you see.

    I'm working on behalf of KEEN Footwear as a Chief Recess Officer, and we're searching for birders with lots of expertise to add their favorite locations to go birding: You obviously have quite the eye!

    Thanks. I hope to see some of your spots on the map!