Double-crested Cormorants are water birds that are often found in the company of White Pelicans here in The Villages, Florida during the Winter months. These dark brown and grey birds have an orange bill that has a slight hook at the tip, blue eyes, and orange-brown legs and feet. Their feet are webbed like a duck. After diving for food, they need to spread their wings out while perched to allow their feathers to dry out so they may fly.
Double-crested Cormorants mostly eat fish and are found here in lakes and ponds as well as marshes and along the sea coast. They are great fliers and roost in tall trees. Here in The Villages I often see many of these birds at Freedom Pointe Lake and at the little Golf View Lake pond near Lake Paradise. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!