Bald Ravens. Snakebirds. Devil Birds.
Cormorants and darters have gotten a bad rap throughout human history. They’re seen as bad luck, as fish gluttons, as evil spirits. They eat all our gamefish and scare off the ducks and their guano is a threat to human health. Well, that last part is true, at least.
Crowned Cormorant, South Africa, by Adam Riley
These characterizations are not fair! These slanderous accusations will not stand!
Come celebrate the Cormorants and Darter at the newest edition of I and the Bird!
Their guano is a good fertilizer so they’re not all bad. I’ve always enjoyed watching a Cormorant fishing and am amazed at how long they can stay under water.