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Photos of the day: January 16-31, 2022

Every day on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, we share a photo of the day — a superb image from the more than 22,000 pictures in our Reader GalleriesOur selections from the second half of January 2022 include photos of an Abert’s Towhee, the Steller’s Sea-Eagle that has been roaming North America, an adorable Northern Saw-whet Owl, and more!

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Double-crested Cormorant By Marilynne Strazzeri

Double-crested Cormorant By Marilynne Strazzeri

Marilynne Strazzeri photographed this yawning Doube-crested Cormorant at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida. Some readers asked if the bird may have had a fish hook in its mouth and a fishing line extending from its lower bill. Marilynne said no, there was no fish hook and the line coming out of its mouth appeared to be saliva. The next photo she took of the cormorant shows it standing in profile with no sign of a hook or fishing line. She added that “there were a number of other photographers there, and no one seemed concerned like we normally do when we see a bird in distress.”

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