Double-crested Cormorant Big Gulp

I spotted this Double-crested Cormorant eating a fish while driving around at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It was in a shallow cove area of the Arkansas River catching fish. I had to sit and wait for it to get close and every time it would get in range someone would drive by and spook it. This is one of the down sides of photographing wildlife from your vehicle. If your patient, most of the time whatever you are photographing will come back. (Patience, Observation, Passion Result Is Great Photos)

Double-crested Cormorant Big Gulp Photo

A Double-crested Cormorant With A Fish

Double-crested Cormorant Big Gulp Photo #2

A Double-crested Cormorant Getting The Fish Ready To Swallow

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A Double-crested Cormorant Swallowing A Fish

The Double-crested Cormorant is found near rivers, lakes and along the coastline. It mainly eats fish and hunts by swimming and diving. Its feathers, like those of all cormorants, are not waterproof and it must spend time drying them out after spending time in the water. Once threatened by use of DDT, the numbers of this bird have increased markedly in recent years. (Wikipedia)

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5 Comments

  1. Kerri December 3, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    Nice shots Steve! Always great to catch them with a meal :)

  2. Steve Creek December 3, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    Thank you Kerri!

  3. Julie G. December 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Terrific behavior captures, Steve! It’s always fun to watch the cormorants.

  4. Scott Simmons December 9, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Wonderful images!

  5. Steve Creek December 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Thank you Scott and Julie!

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