Cormorants In The Creek

The matte-black, prehistoric-looking Double-crested Cormorant sports yellow/orange facial skin at the base of their beak and is one of those birds that people don’t give much time to.

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Double-crested Cormorant


Many don’t realize the Double-crested Cormorant possesses a gorgeous teal eye when the sunlight hits it just right.

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Double-crested Cormorant


Double-crested Cormorants visit Cambridge Creek daily.  Even with the past displeasure of Osprey Bella & Beau.

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Double-crested Cormorant


The Cormorant’s landing is always a fun challenge to try to capture.

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They skid in for a long time!


The fishing must be good here in the creek, they come here and dive time after time.

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Another look at that beautiful teal eye….

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Double-crested Cormorant


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“Oops, sorry, ya’ll!”


From morning until sunset, they hunt the waters.

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Double-crested Cormorant at sunset


And when the sun goes down, the Double-crested Cormorant may stay and find a perch to drip and dry off, in his “I’m Batman” stance.

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Double-crested Cormorant’s “I’m Batman” drying stance


I enjoy and have a lot of fun with Double-crested Cormorants.  🙂



50 thoughts on “Cormorants In The Creek

  1. Great pictures, Donna! I know the cormorants are always around, but I seem to notice them more toward the end of summer. Maybe it’s just because before that I am mostly focused on the ospreys. I recently photographed a cormorant taking off, and it left a trail much the reverse of your ‘landing’ series. Definitely a fun thing to witness and photograph! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Susan! I’ve done some take-off bursts too, and they love to hug that water for a long period either way, lol. Are any of your Osprey still around? I saw Beau and one OTeen yesterday afternoon on our tower.

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  2. Great action shots, Donna! I love the DC Cormorants and have even more appreciation for them wondering how long somebody had to study them to ever see the double crest which I’ve only seen (very briefly) twice…

  3. These birds are versatile divers as well as flyers. They too are great subjects for photographs. I like them best when they dry their wings feathers. Real cool! Good post Donna! 🙂

    • Thank you, HJ! I gotten some previous shots of them completely dry, wings spread, just soaking up the sun too! They haven’t done that much here around the creek, mostly because there’s not too many ‘safe-feeling’ spots to perch, as skittish as they are. 🙂

  4. Great landing shots Donna. Your Double-crested Cormorant looks very like our Little Black Cormorant. How does it get its name ‘Double-crested’? It is amazing how low in the water they swim, we have several ducks with similar tails that do the same and lie low in the water, but never come to shore, they live and sleep on the water. Again you have an amazing collection of images, so blessed to be living so close to the water:-) Have an enjoyable weekend my friend!

    • Thank you Ashley! The Cormorant’s double crest is only visible on adults during breeding season. I’ve seen it a couple times but never got a chance to photograph it. It’s like a hidden secret, lol. I am a water bird lover for sure! We are blessed to be given the chance to live by the water during this time in our lives. Have a wonderful Sunday my friend!

  5. I also enjoy cormorants, Donna. Recently I observed one of them take a very thorough bath-diving, splashing, dipping and shaking its wings, and all while making the funniest sounds. You really captured their beautiful eyes!

    • Thank you! Yes, ours are quite skittish too. Even with me being three-stories up on my balcony, if they see me photographing them, they will dive and pop up much, much further from me or just take off as well.

  6. I like that green eye against the orange skin, can’t say that is the most graceful-looking landing. I like their grunting sounds, too. Happy you still have some fun at the water. Hope the family is okay with the winds as they go south.

  7. I’m with everyone else above – terrific shots! Love cormorants and their emerald eyes… except (with my fisherman’s hat on) when they are 30 miles inland getting easy pickings from the river…

  8. We tend to have more of the other kind of cormorant around here and for some reason my birder buddy isn’t fond of them. I’m not always sure of telling them apart. But your images show them off very well. I LOVE your goofy landing shots and the one with just the tail showing made me laugh out loud! Perhaps now I’ll have a better chance at sorting these guys out. I suspect that the double-crested has a shorter, fatter neck. I suppose I could google, but way too much catching up to do at the moment.

    • Thank you, Gunta! This is basically our only resident cormorant around the mid-Atlantic, so it is easy for me. 🙂 Now talk about sparrows and gulls and I get very confused most times with IDs!

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