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This cormorant quietly stands on a tree branch for over two hours, gets hungry, then slips into the water for some underwater swimming and fishing. He stays under up to 25 seconds sometimes surfacing far from his submersion point. Usually, he surfaces with a fish within three dives. After a time gripping the flailing fish, he gulps it down, goes underwater for more dives, then climbs out onto a tree branch and repeats the process.
Socastee, South Carolina US—Nikon D700, Nikkor 500 mm lens, Tripod
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cormorant, catfish, south carolina, capture, struggle, bird, water, nautical, river, lake, life, nature, wonder

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Comments

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66over 3 years ago

    Perfect catch of the day.! This would look good on the front cover of a book.

  • Oh, thank you Tracy, you are so kind! These birds fascinate me, not very sought after by scientists or photographers, they are so efficient—Nature equipped them well for survival. Love to have this as a book cover.

    – Joe Jennelle

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Wonderful details in this colorful capture

  • labaker
    labakerover 3 years ago

    once again, detail and color is amazing…I like how they toss their catch in the air several times before swallowing.

  • Thank you again Larry! They are so athletic, once clamped onto a fish, forget it. Another much appreciated comment!

    – Joe Jennelle

  • withacanon
    withacanonover 3 years ago

    Fantastic catch for you and the bird :D
    have a flock of cormorants here – but no fish :D

  • If you have cormorants there, a lot of fish have to be close by. They are amazing underwater fish hunters.

    – Joe Jennelle

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  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnover 3 years ago

    Wow, good catch by both of you!

  • Thank you very much NikonJohn on behalf of both the Cormorant and myself.

    – Joe Jennelle

  • wayne51
    wayne51over 3 years ago

    Excellent capture, great timing. Wayne

  • Thank you wayne. Appreciate your great comment.

    – Joe Jennelle

  • janinek
    janinekover 3 years ago

    amazing shot well done!

  • Thank you very much janinek!

    – Joe Jennelle

  • xzendor7
    xzendor7about 3 years ago

    That’s Going To Be A Big Gulp

    Nice Photo

  • Thank you xzendor. I really like this image!

    – Joe Jennelle

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

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