Cormorant - A fishing technique

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Heather Mellon

An excellent capture of this bird in motion. It seems like every species has their own way of doing things when it comes to getting food. Cormorants are diving birds but they also drive fish to the surface in order to kill them which appears to be what you've captured here. Not a sight we often see, Yves, and you captured it very nicely in this image!

Yves Langlois

Thank you very much for the nice comment Heather. Sure is a moment to remember.

Harold Fleming

Your observance makes much sense, Yves. It's so interesting trying to figure out why wildlife do what they do along with recording the image of it.

Yves Langlois

Thanks Harold. Of course I am not 100% sure. It is certainly not to just washes. May be to get rid of flees. I have many other photo that makes the complete series. I choose those 2.

May be cormorants uses a similar technique than the whales to stunned fishes. I checked that young one for few minutes. He swims slowly, looking under water to find fishes. When he does, he flaps hardly on the water to stuns the prey. He complete by diving to catch the stunned prey. But may be they do that for another reason.
Taken By
Yves Langlois
Taken On
July 30, 2021
cormorant fishing technique waterfowl bird animal outdoors
  • Focal: 400
  • Lens Model: 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
  • Shutter speed: 0.002 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 5.6

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