Phalacrocorax auritus

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Photograph by Peter Psyhos Burns.

Photography contest, Honorable Mention.

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Phalacrocorax auritus – double-crested cormorant, Falmouth, Massachusetts.

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Lovely. I think I may have seen these a few times, though I don’t get out to the water much. I like the lines of their profiles. Incidentally, why are the nature posts lately all very common birds? I think that’s cool - I have a lot of love for common birds - but I wonder if there’s a reason for the theme. Also, Anyone know what the genus name means?

This is what Wikipedia says about the genus name:

“The scientific genus name is latinized Ancient Greek, from φαλακρός (phalakros, “bald”) and κόραξ (korax, “raven”).”

I don’t know if there is an intentional theme for the bird pictures. The pictures I submitted are common birds simply because they are common. I am relatively new to bird photography, so I don’t have any good photographs of anything more exotic than a cormorant.

Thanks for the response! I’m new to bird interest myself, and the first step I took to getting more knowledgeable is identifying all the common birds I see. It’s weird what you never knew was there until you started looking.

In my neighborhood, it’s mostly starlings, crows, house sparrows, seagulls, and pigeons. But then I started paying attention and I noticed dark-eyed juncos are almost more common here than the foreign birds. I’ve seen nuthatches, a wren I couldn’t ID, spotted towhees, many red-shafted northern flickers, steller’s jays, a belted kingfisher, a great blue heron, a bald eagle, several birds of prey that I can’t ID, and so on.

The age of the dinosaurs continues where it can.

“The age of the dinosaurs continues where it can.”

Great phrase! And how true.

Why tell people you are merely bird watching when you can tell them you’re going dinosaur watching instead! :-)

ppb said:

Why tell people you are merely bird watching when you can tell them you’re going dinosaur watching instead! :-)

:-)

Probably for the same reason people don’t say they are doing flower pornography when taking pictures of flowers.

My girlfriend was just telling me again how lewd flowers are. I have to agree. They really look like sex organs - there’s no secret there. It’s funny the sexy looks are there to attract an unrelated species. Imagine if humans did something like that… Uh, maybe not a good idea.

CS Shelton said:

My girlfriend was just telling me again how lewd flowers are. I have to agree. They really look like sex organs - there’s no secret there.

Um… flowers are essentially sex organs, aren’t they?

Yes, that’s what I was saying Stevetc. They aren’t being secretive about what they are. I could have phrased it more elegantly.

Yeah.… http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped[…]00626%29.jpg … (Insert Beavis laugh here.)

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