Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NATURE NOTES, BIRD D'POT AND WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY

I am linking with Michelle's Nature Notes Anni's Bird D'Pot, and Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday.  My thanks to the hosts for these very enjoyable memes.  Please click on their links to see others entries.  

The last time I was in Virginia Beach we visited a restaurant with a marina at the back.  There were several Cormorants sitting on the pylons.  I have only ever seen the ones that are completely black before, the coloring on this one's feathers was new to me.  


From looking at dozens of photographs on line, I thought perhaps this was a Double-Crested Cormorant.  I would really like to know for sure, if you know differently please let me know.  Thanks in advance.


30 comments:

mick said...

Great photos of the Cormorant. Cormorants are all over the world - but the one I saw this week is rather different from yours!

Linda said...

I can't say 100%, but I believe it is a cormorant. Great photos, Denise.

Our photos said...

Beautiful are your bird photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

Elephant's Child said...

Delightful - thank you.

Indrani said...

Looks great!
Wonderful captures.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful birds! I think they're posing for you.

Kalantikan said...

Your angles are so different, but very nice! I wonder why it is rotating its neck so much!

Carole M. said...

enjoyed seeing your cormorants today

Kay said...

I think I've only seen cormorants in Japan a long time ago. What interesting birds. You really got great shots of this one.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, great shots of the Cormorants. The Double-Crested is the most common seen around here. Sometimes we see the Great Cormorant. And the juveniles can look a little different the first year. Have a happy day!

gigihawaii said...

That is really cute!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I've never seen these odd looking birds, even though I have been to VA Beach (just once:)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Comorants are such unlikely looking birds. I've only seen a few and I don't think any in Oklahoma.

jabblog said...

I didn't know cormorants came in different colours - very interesting.

Out on the prairie said...

I think it is a Common. Love the mug shot in the 1st photo.

Jane and Chris said...

Such a handsome bird whatever his name!
Jane x

TexWisGirl said...

very cute!

SweetMarie said...

These photos are so clear! What a pretty bird. :)

Rhodesia said...

Fabulous photos, I do not know my sea birds at all so these are interesting to me. Have a good day. Diane

Karen said...

Oh excellent captures! I have only seen black ones as well.

Kathie Brown said...

Denise, it is a double-crested cormorant. The paler breast is due to its being a 1st year cormorant. They stay paler for 2 years, gradually darkening to black. You can also get the Great Cormorant along the coastline in winter but it is much larger and its gular patch is paler. The juvenile Great cormorants are the opposite of the double-crested with pale bellies and darker breasts!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

I need to learn more about these sea-loving birds. Thanks for the biology lesson. Dianne

Friko said...

Hi Denise
long time no see.

Sorry, i can’t tell you what birds these are, there aren’t any round here, we are in the Shropshire Hills rather than anywhere near the sea. And I don’t think I’ve actually, knowingly, ever seen a cormorant to identify it.

May I ask you to find out why you appear, and have done for a long time now, on every post I publish as a link? I am sure it’s unintentional - it’s happened to somebody else before you - and I’m not really cross about it. (honest!) But Blogger/Google have too many gremlins to allow them to pass unchallenged.

Thank you.

Hope you are as happy in US as I am in UK.



edenhills said...

What an interesting looking bird!

Em Parkinson said...

Fabulous Cormorant pics Denise. Very impressed!

Laura said...

A curious looking bird for sure!

Mary said...

Very nice photos! I don't get to see these birds very often. Is that the juvenile coloring?

Betsy Adams said...

Great photos of the Cormorants, Denise. You captured that beautiful bird really well.
Hugs,
Betsy

Rambling Woods said...

Oh I have only seen one here once.... Michelle

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He sure posed for you!