Phalacrocorax auritus, 21 March 2015

Phalacrocorax auritus, the Double-crested cormorant;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (21 March 2015).

Given my adoration for dinosaurs, I really should be more of a bird fan than I usually am on a day to day basis. Birds are cool, of course, and they can certainly be quite beautiful, but I have a habit of overlooking or walking right by them when I’m outdoors. Of course, sometimes such passive disinterest is simply not possible. That was certainly the case with this Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus, photographed in Everglades National Park on 21 March 2015. Perched on the rail of a popular boardwalk trail, the cormorant seemed to be all about being seen — and photographed by the shuffling hominids with magic camera boxes. Of course, I had to fall in line myself, so to speak, to get my photographs of what is probably The Most Photographed Bird of the Everglades. Heh. What a fantastic poser.

Learn more about the Double-crested cormorant.

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