Posted by: danielfee | April 18, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 04-18-2013

Cormorants - Beagle Channel, Argentina

Cormorants – Beagle Channel, Argentina

Cormorants

Cormorants

The bird family cormorants (aka  Phalacrocoracidae)  is represented by some 40 species of cormorants and shags. There is no consistent distinction between cormorants and shags. The names “cormorant” and “shag” were originally the common names of the two species of the family found in Great Britain. The Imperial Shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps) is a black and white cormorant native to many subantarctic islands, the Antarctic Peninsula and southern South America, primarily in rocky coastal regions, but locally also at large inland lakes. These are Imperial Shag hanging out on rocky outcrops in the middle of the Beagle Channel at the southern tip of Argentina.

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