Cormorants are uncommon here. Monday was the first time I saw their breeding plumages.
The Double-crested Cormorant is named for its breeding plumage: two tufts of feathers on its head. The eponymous crests might be either white or black. The crests last only a couple of months, primarily during the time spent around the nest. Probably the only place cormorants breed around here is at the south end of the Lake.
A Double-crested Cormorant shows its eponymous white crests.
Hidden behind an old piling, a second cormorant with black crests went unnoticed at first.
When flying, the cormorant flattens its crests (as does the Great Horned Owl). The two cormorants seemed to have a combative relationship. The white-crested bird kept trying to intimidate the black-crested one. It is unclear why the rant.
During the time I watched, the flyby happened three times.
When landing on water, the cormorant drags its spread tail in the water as a brake.
“I’m outta here. It’s time to go fishing.”