Such beautiful eyes!
2 waves of 45 and 43 double-crested cormorants flew into the VFW Lake in Lufkin TX @ 0755 on 10/24/14. A few cormorants were already perched in trees.
Cormorant (front bird).
The middle and rear species appear to be a smallish duck, and a merganser of some sort, but not worthwhile enough of a photo to make them observations.
Minimum of 67 double-crested cormorants seen at VFW Lake on 10/20/14 (0830); 60 seen on 10/17 at this location.
The Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is a member of the cormorant family of seabirds. It occurs along inland waterways as well as in coastal areas, and is widely distributed across North America, from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska down to Florida and Mexico. Measuring 70–90 cm (28–35 in) in length, it is an all-black bird which gains a small double crest of black and white feathers in breeding season. It has a bare patch of orange-yellow facial skin....