Brandt's Cormorants (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) - Buoy 12 - Coos Bay (suz)

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Hundreds of Brandt's Cormorants are often seen flying in long lines, very near the water’s surface, on the way to their feeding ground. The name Cormorant is derived from the Latin words Corvus Marinus, meaning marine crow or raven. Their habit of seeking out high perches after a meal and their dark color, both reminiscent of the crow, may account for this name. Their scientific name, Phalacrocorax, comes from the Greek words meaning “bald crow.” A group of cormorants has many collective nouns, including a "flight", "gulp", "rookery", "sunning", and "swim" of cormorants.

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Comments (12)

Dror Ben David on January 8, 2010

Secrets of nature. Beautiful 360 sync coverage...Thanks for sharing.

Suzi in Oregon on January 8, 2010

You are very welcome - thanks for your visit, oronbb, and your amusing comment :O)

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on February 11, 2010

We have many cormorants in our harbour Suzi...they seem to be resident all the year round...perhaps a good sign..The estuary is rich in small fish..dabs, whiting, crabs, shrimps and their favourite delicacy..the eel. They are fascinating to observe, especially if they catch a large they persevere to get the thing down their gullet head first, is one of natures fun events!

A lovely shot Suzi


Suzi in Oregon on February 11, 2010

Ah, now you are talking fish catching brilliance, dear Jim. I have heard that in some fishing cultures, cormorants are used rather than nets, rods or spears - harnessed with a neck collar so that they cannot swallow the fish that they capture - the fish go into a basket! Thank you for your compliment :O)

© KennyW on June 9, 2010

WOW a rare shot of the Siamese cormorant. We have many cormorants here in the UK but I have never been lucky enough to capture a shot of the twin headed variety.

Superb photograph, well done.



Suzi in Oregon on June 14, 2010

You'll have to come to Coos Bay then, Kenny! Thanks for the fun and very nice comment, and also for your welcome visit. Warm regards (O:

k040 on August 31, 2010

Here you have the great luck to see the extremely rare double headed cormorant! Congratulation! (:o))

Suzi in Oregon on September 19, 2010

Wasn't this lucky, Klaus? Thanks for noticing it (O:

Jos Boom on September 2, 2012

I always knew 2 headed birds exist ;-)

:-)Fiala(-: on November 12, 2012

Good schot!L2!

Greetings Fialka

Suzi in Oregon on November 12, 2012

Well of course they do, Jos - thanks for your visit! Best wishes (O:

Suzi in Oregon on November 12, 2012

Thanks very much, Fialka, for stopping by and leaving a nice comment. Friendly greetings from the Oregon Coast (O:

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Coos Bay, Oregon

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