October 2014


The Neotropic Cormorant was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana.

The Neotropic Cormorant was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana.

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The Neotropic Cormorant is a large blackish water bird with a slender bill with hooked tip, a narrow white mask on the face, and may strike a spread-eagle pose. It has a range around the Gulf of Mexico, coastal Texas, and southwest Louisiana at the Cameron Parish. It has a habitat of tidal waters and lakes near the Gulf coasts. Their diet is fish and crustaceans. They swim low in the water with the bill tilted up at an angle.

 

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The Snow Bunting was photographed on the soccer field at Lake Park on Lake Michigan at Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Snow Bunting was photographed on the soccer field at Lake Park on Lake Michigan at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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In the winter the Snow Bunting is almost all white except for a black back and tail, but in summer it is a brownish color with white. They have a range of arctic, circumpolar to Canada and the central United States. They have a habitat of prairies, fields, dunes, shores, and tundra. They can be seen flocking together in low grass fields and swirling through the air from place to place. The diet is mostly seeds and insects, and they forage in flocks while walking and running on the ground. They are very skittish, and are usually remote from effects of human activity.