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Double-crested Cormorant

Posted by Geoff Coe on March 12, 2014 at 11:32 am
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While photographing from my kayak at Bunche Beach Preserve in Fort Myers FL, I spotted this Double-crested Cormorant, paddled past him at a safe distance to get the light at my back, and reached for my digital SLR.

And then he went nuts! He splashed furiously for about half a minute, sending spray several feet above the water. The low angle of the late-afternoon sun caused the droplets to reflect all the colors of the rainbow. (Later, I was told by a birding veteran that the bird does this to chase insects off his back.)

(Photo made 2/28/14, Bunche Beach Preserve, Fort Myers, FL. Canon 7D, 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom and 2x teleconverter. Exposure 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800)