Birds of Beaumont #10 – Double Crested Cormorant

All photos taken on May 23, 2021, during an 8 km circuit of the lakes and ponds in our little city.

Even though I have seen these guys here before, their appearance in Beaumont, so far from the sea still surprises me.

Size: 66-81 cm (26-32 inches) , W 132 cm (52 inches)

Status: Uncommon to locally common April to October

Habitat: large lakes and large meandering rivers (why are they here on sucah a small lake?)

Nesting: on low lying islands or precariously high in trees (what about a light pole?)

Source: Partners and Lone Pine Publishing Birds of Alberta

Boy, am I pooped!
Cormorant physical distancing. How many wings apart?
I think I missed a spot shaving this morning.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

19 thoughts on “Birds of Beaumont #10 – Double Crested Cormorant

    1. Yes, they are more elegant on water or in the air, for sure. Just back from Victoria/Vancouver and saw them flying like supersonic jets alongside the ferry. Nice to have them here, though. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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    1. I have seen them dive full speed into water in many places around the world. New Zealand has a version they call a Shag and they dive into some pretty rough water. If they tried to go down 45 feet in our little lake, that would take them about 25 feet into the muddy bottom. Thanks for reading Aiva. Have a great weekend. Allan

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    1. Thanks. Cormorants were used by traditional fishermen to catch fish in rivers in parts of Asia. A throat snare prevented the bird from swallowing the catch. One can only imagine what a trick it is for a bird with this long a neck to swallow a whole fish. Thanks for reading. Have a great Saturday. Allan

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  1. Ah cormorants… we see tons of them here in DFW during the winter months. They are not my favorite bird/waterfowl to watch, but they can be entertaining. Great pics as always.

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