Neotropic Cormorant
Phalacrocorax brasilianus

neotropic cormorant
While I was waiting for some company to leave my brother's house in St. George, Utah I decided to
drive around and search for birds. One of the places I stopped was the Bloomington Golf Course pond
because there are usually some good birds. I found a Great Blue Heron walking around the edge of the
pond and took some photographs of it. After that I decided to watch the mallards that were laying underneath
the trees not far from me.  I was just about to leave when I saw a Cormorant among them. I thought that
was a bit odd so I started taking pictures. I had a new camera that I hadn't quite figured out (and still
haven't) and I had trouble getting the right contrast between the bright light off the pond and the dark shade.
I had to lighten this photo considerably when I got home and that's when I realized that this bird was not
 a Double-crested Cormorant but something else. I checked Sibley's and found out I had been photographing
a Neotropic Cormorant. There are two more photos below.  © Carol Davis 9-18-2015

neogropic cormorant in St. George
This bird was preening and scratching to beat the band but it was enjoying itself with the mallards who
 are generally pretty entertaining, if their laughter is any indication.  © Carol Davis 9-28-2015

Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Neotropic Cormorants are not usually found in Utah but lately they have been coming more
often and in 2015 they were seen in various ponds around St. George. This was a life bird
for me, even though I didn't know it at the time. © Carol Davis 9-18-2015

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