Thursday, October 15, 2009

Double-crested Cormorant

I stumbled upon a bunch of ducks contently lounging about and it's not clear who was more frightened! I did remember to keep shooting as they lifted straight into the air with pond water raining down from their bodies.

After that episode I walked across the road to the lake to come upon a couple of Double-crested Cormorants floating about. Shortly after spotting me, they were off as well! These are a new ID for me, never ever seeing this species on the lake or anywhere else for that matter.

All these shots suffered from my surprise and lack of proper bird lens--the 100-400mm left behind on my couch. :-)


  1. I can't tell you how many times I have lost shots of birds because I didn't have the right camera with me. Usually I have my 18x zoom with me, but it never seems to fail that on the one day that I just throw my small point and shoot into my pocket, I will see a particular bird (or animal) in perfect light and pose- it's SO frustrating!
    We have a few cormorants on our lake; they like to hang out on people's rafts. Our loons are still here too, and are beginning to get their winter plumage; they appear almost white when the setting sun hits them just right. Because we live on a point, we are bordered on one side by a cove which attracts many migrating waterfowl. We usually get both common and hooded mergansers, and even a few canvas backs. But do I have spectacular photos? Nope- they seem to know when I have my camera and are most uncooperative. Let's just say National Geographic is not going to come knocking on my door any time soon!
    I really like your 'cormorant in flight' photos!

  2. I have a super special backpack that will accommodate most of my photo equipment but I've yet to venture out laden down with it. I prefer to wander lightly with only an attached lens. So some days I must pass on shots better suited to the wide angle or macro or tele--the lens back home. In the case of flora, I often fill in shots the next day with a different perspective. I suppose even with most critters that they will always be around for another pass. (In conversations with local folks regarding cormorants, I was surprised to find these birds so commonly regarded. How come I've never seen them?) :-)

    I'm away from the job for the next ten days. If I'm ambitious, I'll set up the tele on tripod and try some patient bird work. But first, we have to get through this weekend's predicted Nor'easter!