The double-crested cormorant ranges from Alaska to Nova Scotia south into Mexico — most of North America — wintering on both coasts. It swims underwater quite well, diving for fish and invertebrates up to 100′ deep (personal observation). However, since it does not have well-developed oil glands and is not waterproofed, it will often hold its wings aloft to dry them following a session of diving.
Double-crested cormorant drys its wings in the sun following a morning of foraging in the ocean, La Jolla cliffs, near San Diego.
Image ID: 15071
Species: Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
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