Common Cormorants and Anhingas are both similar-looking semi-tropical water birds. They fly well, and also paddle around lakes, ponds, and rivers. The Common Cormorants also can frequently be found in salt water marshes or along the shore of the ocean. Both birds eat fish, aquatic snails, worms, frogs, tadpoles, crayfish, and small turtles. The Common Cormorants also eat some shellfish as well as small crabs.
One distinct physical difference between these birds is that the Anhinga has a straight strong bill that is sword-like. The Common Cormorants also have a sturdy bill but it has a slight downward hook at its tip. Both birds often can be seen with their wings outspread to dry. Both also roost in the trees. I took these pictures last week here in my area at two smaller lakes and at a pond. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A Common Cormorant, several Cooter Turtles, a Little Blue Heron, many Cattle Egrets, Cattle, and the Good Year Blimp were all spotted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Northwest Marion County horse farm/cattle pasture pond that I often go to for wildlife observation. I take my pictures from the roadway so I am especially glad to have the long zoom lens.
That blimp was the big surprise of the afternoon, along with the gorgeous Little Blue Heron! Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Two Great Horned Owlets were spotted yesterday afternoon at a fabulous park that is close to the housing development where I live in Marion County, Florida. These were the first baby owls I have seen in the wild. The two babies were up in a stick nest high in a Pine Tree next to the little ornamental Koi Pond.
I also noted a hungry Common Cormorant and several basking small turtles. I did not see any Great Blue Herons and I am thinking that these owls are in an abandoned heron nest (I recall seeing herons in that same tree last Spring). I took these pictures on March 19, 2015 late on an overcast afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!