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Fine art prints of cormorants for the walls of your home or office.

The double crested cormorant (phalacrocorax auritus) can be found in rivers, lakes and coastlines across the united states from coast to coast, into northern Mexico, central Canada, along the Pacific coast to Alaska and north along the Canadian Atlantic coast. Because they do not tolerate cold weather well, they migrate with the seasons. 

During the breeding season they get two small crests of black and white feathers on the side of their heads and the facial skin turns more orange.

The double crested cormorant swims and dives for the fish that are the mainstay of their diet. They also eat amphibins and crustaceans that they catch. They may dive as deep as twenty five feet and for as long as thirty to seventy seconds in search of prey. 

 

Beacuse their feathers are not waterproof, you will often see them perched with wings ourspread, drying them in the sun. They spend about half of their time in this manner and the rest in the search of food.

 

Fine art prints of double crested cormorants for the walls of your home or office.

Picture of part of a large flock of double crested cormorants seen in western Polk County, FL as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   Migrating Cormorants

Picture of double crested cormorants flying through the phosphate pits of western Polk County as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   Double Crested Trio

Picture of an immature double crested cormorant in a mangrove in E.G. Simmons Park as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   Immature Double Crested Cormorant

Picture of a double crested cormorant with a fish by the Anna Maria Island City Pier as a fine art print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   Success BW

Picture of young cormorant with its head down its parents throat looking for food as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   Head First Inspection

Title:   Head First Inspection

Picture of a double crested cormorant next to the Anna Maria Island City Pier in Florida as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   Portrait Of A Cormorant

Picture of a double crested cormorant with a fish by the Anna Maria Island City Pier as a fine art print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   Success

Picture of a double crested cormorant by the Anna Maria Island City Pier in Sarasota County, FL as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   Lazy Bird

Picture of three double crested cormorants were part of a large flock flying through the phosphate pits in western Polk County, Florida as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Double Crested Cormorants

A double-crested cormorant as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Posing Cormorant

The neotropic cormorant (phalacrocorax brasilianus) ranges from Cape Horn in South America, to the southern United States of Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisianna preferring freshwater and saltwater wetlands, coastal and inland. They wander westward to California, northward to Saskatchewan, and easterward to Pennsylvania. They are also found in the Bahamas and Cuba. They are also called the olivaceous cormorant, Mexican cormorant, and Brazilian cormorant. In Argentian they are known by the Indian name "bigua."

 

This medium sized cormorant measures approximately 24" in length with a wingspan of about 40." Mainly black with a yellow-brown throat patch, this slender, long bodied bird has a long tail and frequently holds its long neck in an"S" shape. The bill is blunt with a hooked tip and the feet are webbed. The upper part of the wings is slightly grayer that the rest of the bird. Juveniles are brownish in color.

 

White tufts appear on the sides of the head of breeding birds as well as scattered white plumes on the sides of the head and neck. The throat patch gets a white edge during the breeding season.

The neotropic cormorant feeds mainly on small fish but also eats tadpoles, frogs and aquatic insects. It is the only known cormorant to plunge-dive for prey, but does so from a height of no more that one and three quarters feet. It usually dives for it prey, in short dives of five to fifteen seconds. They are also know to forage in groups, beating their wings on the water in unison to drive prey into shallower water to make them easier to catch.

 

Unlike other cormorants, you may find them perched on wires.

Fine art prints of neotropic cormorants for the walls of your home or office.

Picture of a neotropical cormorant perched on a limb in the Esteros del Ibara of Argentina, for the wall of your home or office, as a fine art nature print.

Title:   Neotropic Cormorant

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