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Double-crested Cormorant Water Splashing Sequence

While photographing birds at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, I noticed a Double-crested Cormorant splashing wildly about in the water.

Splashing Cormorant at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge
Splashing Cormorant at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge

The cormorant would travel about 20 – 30 feet while splashing its wings in the water.  This must be some kind of washing / bathing behavior.  Whatever the purpose of the cormorant splashing, it sure was fun to photograph.

I’ve also seen white pelicans conduct similar splashing behavior. I captured a series of photographs of this behavior and included 5 in this blog post. 

Splashing Cormorant at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge

To capture this type of fast action, make sure your camera to an auto focus tracking mode and shoot at the highest frames per second (fps) available on your camera. 

Splashing Cormorant at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge

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On Canon DSLRs, I set the autofocus mode to AI Servo and High Speed Continuous frame rate.

Splashing Cormorant at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge

Splashing Cormorant at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge

Written by Martin Belan

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