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Wild Bird Wednesday #251

Wild Bird Wednesday

Double-crested Cormorant–Immature

I stopped by the Double-crested Cormorant “hang out” when visiting Norfolk Botanical Garden. There weren’t as many as in this post. Their double crest is only seen on adult birds during breeding season. I found the feathered-wing patterns interesting on this juvenile, as the adults are solid black. 

Cormorants differ from other water birds, having less preening oil on their feathers. That is why they are often seen perched near water with wings expanded to facilitate drying. These “water-logged” feathers help them stay submerged as they glide underwater in search of fish, their diet staple. 

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