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Birders from Florida, Anhinga/DC Cormorant ID help needed (1 Viewer)


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Took these pictures a few days ago of a possible Anhinga / or double crested cormorant. We have been debating for days now about the id of this bird.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

The tail seem way too short for an Anhinga, so now we think DC cormorant. Could anyone repost the question to your local listserv? Anhinga would be state record #3, so we need all the expert opinion we need!


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It looks good for an Anhinga, and the behavior sounds right -- Anhingas, surprisingly, are very accomplished at soaring to great heights. I see nothing wrong with the tail or neck to discount Anhinga.

I have never seen a Double-crested Cormorant soar (we have many of them, as well). Flight has always been direct with frequent flaps.

I will repost this on the Tropical Audubon listserv.



I've never seen a Corm soar, either. This looks just like an anhinga, even without the flight description.

Andy Wraithmell

aka Limeybirder
It looks like a perfect Anhinga to me. As Carlos stated, Anhinga's like to soar. I've actually seen kettles of them (up to 25 birds) here in North Florida. I've also never seen a DCCO soar anywhere. The tail and neck don't seem short at all. Congratulations!

Andy Benson

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Yep Anhinga for me too. Heres a pic I took of soaring DCCs in Florida this spring, note the more prominent head profile and broader base to the neck. Also tail profile poss. shorter on DCC than Anhinga?


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Coming from a guy who monitors cormorants - that looks like an Anhinga to me. Wing shape and proportions look wrong for D-C Cormorant.

Also, I've never seen a cormorant soar. I've seen Anhingas soar countless times.

Not the expert, but hope this helps.



Larry Lade

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Flocks of Anhingas have been seen here in Missouri recently! The photos taken of then soaring here look very similar to your photo.

Jim M.

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