1st hours in Galveston
As I killed time, I found myself really enjoying the antics and behaviors of the birds that were offering outstanding views. These ranged from comical...
Take a pair of close American Pelicans resting on shadowed rocks, throw in some dark shadowed water behind, a touch of wind, and all of a sudden I believe I'm in touch with my inner "artiste"!
The Neotropic Cormorants average slimmer and longer-tailed than the larger Double-cresteds. I'm now ready to finally find one of these critters in Florida (as of yet, no one has proven their occurrence here oddly)!
adult Neotropic Cormorant in high breeding plumage
Most of the adult Neotropics were displaying signs of their "high breeding" plumage with white tufts above and behind the eye and a more pronounced white border behind the gular pouch below the bill. The fewer adult Double-cresteds that were around sported bright orange bills and gular pouches. Both show turquoise eyes!
This adult Double-crested appears absolutely thrilled to be photographed. In this close view though you can see the 2 indistinct feather tufts that add to the "crested" appearance for which they were named.
At any rate, after a fun couple hours I had a BUNCH of nice photos, had some great studies of similar species, and was able to observe some fun behaviors. Some times it's OK to just cool your jets and sit for a while, huh?!?...