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The Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus | by John's Love of Nature
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The Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus

The Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus is found near rivers and lakes and along the coastline. It mainly eats fish and hunts by swimming and diving. Its feathers, like those of all cormorants, are not waterproof and it must spend time drying them out after spending time in the water. Once threatened by the use of DDT, the numbers of this bird have increased markedly in recent years. It is a member of aquatic birds commonly known as cormorants and shags.

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Taken on April 2, 2013