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Double Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants

There is a huge flock of Double Crested Cormorants here at one of the little community lakes here in The Villages, FL. The Double Crested Cormorants have migrated South for the Winter.  These kinds of cormorants also can be seen in fresh water marshland and salt marshes  in Florida and along the Gulf of Mexico and some areas of the Atlantic.

The Double Crested Cormorants often accompany the White Pelicans and sometimes, the Wood Storks in their migration.  The cormorants are fishing birds.  They dive into the water to catch their fish or frogs.  Wading birds and pelicans often help herd the fish into the waiting bills of the cormorants or vice-versa.

This bunch of cormorants are presently on the two little lakes behind the Freedom Pointe Assisted Living Facilities on El Camino here in The Villages.  I believe these birds are also roosting in the large trees along the shore.  I took these pictures on Nov. 17, 2016 late in the afternoon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Most of the big flock of Double Crested Cormorants

A large part of the big flock of Double Crested Cormorants

Cormorants drying their wing feathers

Cormorants drying their wing feathers

Double Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants

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Comments on: "Lots of Double Crested Cormorants" (2)

  1. That’s a large flock! Every summer I see about a dozen of them who seem to make their summer home about a dozen miles upriver from here. Interesting birds!

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