A Cormorant & The Fish That Almost Got Away – Action Sequence

Cormorants have an impressive fishing technique of diving and chasing fish underwater using their powerful webbed feet and awesome underwater vision.

Once they hook a fish with their beak, the Cormorant returns to the surface to toss and swallow it.

After this Cormorant resurfaced with its catch, it missed the toss!Β  The fish tried desperately to get away; but the Cormorant was too quick to let that happen.


(click on the first photo to run through the action!)

Double-crested Cormorant working hard for its meal



45 thoughts on “A Cormorant & The Fish That Almost Got Away – Action Sequence

  1. Great captures of the fishing Cormorant Donna! Our Australian Pelicans steal the fish off the Cormorants when they surface if they can. Have a wonderful week!

  2. What a great series, Donna! Now that all of our ‘waders’ have left the area, the double crested cormorants are the primary birds in our cove. I haven’t seen them fishing but see them perched on the pilings drying their wings.

  3. Love it LOL. Here we call that β€˜fish flippin’. The Anhinga (tropical relative of Cormorant) catch their fish by spearing them with their bill. At the surface the same fun show. Sometimes the fish are so deep on the β€˜spear’ the first toss is to remove them. A great show by both species.

  4. The cormorants are superb swimmers and divers. The photo sequence is perfect. Good work, Donna. πŸ™‚

  5. At times, the size of the catch seems far to large to go down the gullet, but I have been surprised again and again. I watched a duck swallow a fish today that was almost too big–it had to swallow hard. I guess telling them to chew their food won’t help?! πŸ™‚

    • I get surprised often too! I once photographed a Great Blue Heron try to swallow such a large fish, it him 45 mins. I got a bit worried when it was in the neck for a couple mins. LOL chewing…. πŸ˜‰

  6. They are such fun to watch swallowing fish that seems many sizes too large for their throats. Amazing watching that bulge as the fish goes down the hatch!

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