Double-crested Cormorant at LaPlatte Marsh

By josh • Nature, Wildlife • 4 Jun 2012

These guys are deceptively tough to photograph- they’re big, relatively gregarious, and common.  They’re also almost entirely black, so you need a lot of light to get any definition in their feathers.

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant at LaPlatte Marsh, Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/6.3, 1/640s, ISO 400, +1.3EV

I found this bird sunning itself above the LaPlatte River in Shelburne, and the light was just right to define most of the feathers without overexposing much (as always, click on the image to see it larger).  I had no idea they had bright blue eyes!

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