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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cormorants At Conowingo Dam

During our visit to Conowingo Dam on Tuesday, we saw thousands of gulls and a large number of Double-crested Cormorants...

 
The cormorants were enjoying the dead and mangled fish that were coming through the turbines of the hydro-electric plant.  I noticed one, though, that was diving and catching live fish...


Shad were not the only fish being caught.  In the following photos you can see that a cormorant caught an American Eel that was as long as it was.  It was interesting to watch the bird struggle with the eel, working it into position so that it could be swallowed head-first in one long swallow...

 



 
After swallowing such a large meal I doubt if the cormorant will need to eat again for at least a day...


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5 comments:

  1. Hello Steve
    I think that bird has enough eaten for two days.
    Greetings bets

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  2. Hi Steve!
    Great capture on the right moment!
    Majsan//

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    1. Timing is everything. Sometimes being lucky is better than being good.
      Steve

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  3. Nice capture here! Wow that looked like quite a big eel putting up some fight, but it looks like it still became a meal for the bird! I wonder, does it stand any chance of escaping its captor's gullet if eaten in that condition?! It must be a grim fate for the poor eel, but still the bird must have been hungry!

    -Kyle

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