Photo of the Day: Double-crested Cormorant

By Alice Cahill

Photo of the Day: Double-crested Cormorant

A bird flaunts its catch for Alice Cahill and her camera.

By Purbita Saha
Published: 04/22/2014

It was a two-for-one special: Alice Cahill got her photo of the day, while her subject got the catch of the day.

It all took place in Morro Bay, California, where Cahill was observing sea otters. When a double-crested cormorant flew in and started feeding, she changed the focus on her camera. She found the bird's bushy white eyebrows--feathery tufts that appear on a male cormorant's head during breeding season--especially endearing.

Cahill strives to document the behavior of birds in her photographs, while also showcasing their plumage. As an accomplished artist, she has won multiple accolades, including the grand prize in Audubon's 2012 Photography Awards. "I think my most successful pieces are artistic statements," Cahill says. This one in particular, also happens to be a testament to the culinary compulsions of a cormorant.

This image was a Top 100 photo from the 2013 Audubon Magazine Photography Awards. To see all of the photos, click here.

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Purbita Saha

Purbita Saha is a reporter for Audubon Magazine whose conservation interests lie in bird and insect behavior. Her Twitter handle is @hahabita

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