Photos of Double-Crested Cormorant - Phalacrocorax auritus
An archaic looking bird frequently seen at Parc des Rapides. The bird is mostly black with yellow, orange bill and face displaying two crests during breeding season. No sexual dimorphism.
Parc des Rapides is an ideal location to observe and capture stunning photographs of cormorants. At the Northern tip of the park you can descend to the river level for capturing shots of this bird in flight with a unique perspective as the cormorants use to fly stream upwards nearby. Taking photographs of cormorants is relatively easy as they tend to fly slowly and have a predictable flight pattern. However, capturing clear shots of these birds in flight does require some specialized equipment, including a long lens with a focal length of at least 400mm and a wide aperture of f/5.6 or wider. Additionally, it's important to have a camera system that can quickly focus on moving subjects.
For capturing intimate close-up shots, Parc Angrignon is a great place to visit. This park boasts several ponds that provide opportunities to encounter these birds, especially the large pond, near the entrance to the metro, is a prime spot where cormorants frequently can bee seen, pausing and preening.
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Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in Montreal and surrounding areas.
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