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:

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

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

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  3. Beautiful are your bird photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  4. Looks great!
    Wonderful captures.

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

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

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  7. enjoyed seeing your cormorants today

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

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  9. 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!

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

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

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

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

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  14. Such a handsome bird whatever his name!
    Jane x

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

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

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

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  18. 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!

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

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  20. 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.



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  21. What an interesting looking bird!

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  22. Fabulous Cormorant pics Denise. Very impressed!

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  23. A curious looking bird for sure!

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

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

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

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