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Wing span 52 inches - Length 32".
Also note the large Orange throat pouch & the two feathered crest.


May 20, 03

There must have been chicks before when I was there and I did not see them.
Your looking at 3 DC/Cormorant chicks & one parent bird.


What you can't see in this image is, the parent bird is not feeding the chick.
What the parent bird is doing is giving the chick a drink of water.
The parent bird would fly down to the water below, submerge and then come up and fly
to the nest and squirt water into the open bills of the chicks. I have never seen done before.


After getting a drink of water the chicks would become very active in the nest.


More water squirting.


This is a first year or immature DC/Cormorant.

I may not go back to this site, but if I do I will try to get more photos


I am putting this one last photo on here even though it is not of a DC/Cormorant.

Looks like a Great Egret but it has a bright red spot above the bill area. I believe that area is called its Lores.
I don't seem to be able to find this Lores coloration in any of my books.
Plus it stood in this one spot for almost an hour or more and all while I was photographing the Cormorants.

Above photo identification correction:

It has been called to my attention that the above bird is a Snowy Egret & not a Great Egret as I have called it.

I was told that an adult Great Egret always has a yellow bill, all black legs, & black feet.

An adult Snowy Egret always has a black bill, all black legs, & yellow feet.

Thanks to Mr. R.J.


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