Cormorants

Cormorant with catfish, Blockhouse Bay, Toronto Islands

Eye to Eye

A cormorant prepares to swallow a catfish whole, after a long but ultimately futile struggle.

Double-crested cormorant in strong side light, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Hiding In Broad Daylight

A cormorant proves hard to see even in broad daylight, the low September sunlight casting many background areas into dark shadow.

Cormorant Skull, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Cormorant Revealed

The pristine skull of a cormorant gives up its secrets on Ward’s beach.  The top half of the bill is hinged just in front of the eyes, and the lower half of the jaw is jointed in almost the same place to help swallow larger prey.


Backlit cormorant, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Silhouette Repose

A cormorant cuts a sharp silhouette, perched on a dead tree near Doughnut Island.

Cormorant, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

The Last Cormorant

One of the last cormorants to be found in 2010 swims near Centre Island, caught here in the deliciously low light of November.

Backlit cormorant, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Weremerant

A cormorant creates a partial eclipse of the sun by Doughnut Island, momentarily turning day into night in the camera.


Cormorants, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Cormorant Overload

A huge number of cormorants, seemingly all of the cormorants from the Leslie St. Spit, congregate in the inner harbour. I only had a telephoto lens with me at the time, this photograph really wanted a wideangle: there are literally thousands and thousands of birds in the inner harbour.

Cormorant chick, Norgate Inlet, Georgian Bay

Cormorant Chicken

A cormorant chick, bare to the world, peers unabashedly at the camera. Tagged as related, this chick was photographed offshore from the Norgate Inlet in Georgian Bay.

Cormorant Fledglings, Norgate Inlet, Georgian Bay

Fledgling Fuzz II

Cormorant fledglings, now covered in a fine layer of fur, nuzzle each other and await their parent’s return with a fresh delivery of food. Tagged as related, these were photographed offshore from the Norgate Inlet in Georgian Bay.


Cormorant fledgling in nest, Norgate Inlet, Georgian Bay

Fledgling Fuzz

A cormorant chick, now covered in fuzz, waits alone in its nest for its parents to return with lunch. This cormorant was actually photographed on a small offshore island in Georgian Bay, south of Byng Inlet, and is tagged as related since we host thousands of them every season.

Cormorant, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Yellow Menace

A cormorant, once a stranger to the Island’s lagoons, perches on a log next to Yael’s houseboat.

Backlit cormorant, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Ultimate Backlight

A cormorant eclipses the sun near Long Pond, pushing the Canon EF 300mm f/4 L lens to its absolute limit.


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