Hungry Much!

First course meal.  Crab.

Double-crested Cormorant

F/ 6.3, 1/1000, ISO 500.

Double-crested Cormorant

Day 163 / 365

Second course meal.  Eel.

Double-crested Cormorant 1

F/6.3,  1/1000, ISO 720.

Don’t forget, you are what you eat.

Interesting Fact: A cormorant’s diet is almost all fish, with just a few insects, crustaceans, or amphibians. They eat a wide variety of fish (more than 250 species have been reported), and they have impressive fishing technique: diving and chasing fish underwater with powerful propulsion from webbed feet. The tip of a cormorant’s upper bill is shaped like a hook, which is helpful for catching prey. When cormorants happen to catch a crustacean like a crayfish, they exhibit a little flair in eating it—hammering the prey on the water to shake its legs off, then flipping it in the air and catching it headfirst for easy swallowing. ( http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Double-crested_Cormorant/lifehistory#at_food )

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10 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for educating me about the secret world of cormorants. We get them around here and they are the fun niest looking things with their very long necks.
    Given all your gforgeous photos, I wanted to nominate you for the Five Days Five Photos blogshare Challenge. JUst go to my blog for thedetails: http://www.beyondtheflow.com
    xx Rowena

    • Thank you so for enjoying my post and nominate me. It looks like fun but I am sorry to decline. Already have so much on my plate with no room to wiggle. My 365 project is also very time consuming. Thank you again. 🙂

  2. Excellent capture here! So in the “cormorant vs eel” capture can the bird really win the battle and gulp down that huge eel? I can’t imagine the eel was eaten and the bird was alright after the struggle. If it was eaten, does the unlucky eel get swallowed wriggling all the way as well?!

    • Thank you very much, that all good points. I have to tell you that battle lasted good 10 to 15 seconds. A lot of splashing water it was hard to photograph. Eel came very close to be eaten, but it got away. But it would have been a great photo if it did get eaten. 🙂

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