Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hungry, Hungry Cormorant

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is when a bird somehow manages to get down a meal that's seemingly well above it's weight class. To my mind, their digestive tracts must expand indefinitely to allow passage of some of the heftier morsels. Has anyone ever seen a bird choke, or is it a physical impossibility? For all of the tossing about to fix the correct position of its prey, does the bird every fatally miscalculate? I seem always to doubt the bird's judgment, and find myself delighted each time I'm proven wrong.

Below is a Double-crested Cormorant at Amelia Island State Park, determined to swallow a flatfish larger than it's head. Despite the size, this particular cormorant had barely a struggle. Here's to you, cormorant!


  1. Very nice pictures of the hungry hungry cormorant :)

  2. I agree--fun! This post made me smile.

  3. Wow, wonderful series of photos! That was quite a meal indeed. ~Kim

  4. Amazing captures! So was the cormorant really able to win the struggle and gulp that huge thing down its neck entirely okay?? Does the fish put up a good fight, if eaten, does the poor fish get swallowed down wriggling all the way as well?!