...or possibly he...male and female Double-crested Cormorants look alike.
I found this juvenile Double-crested Cormorant in the willows across the mote at Ibis Pond on Pinckney Island.
I love that hooked bill...and even at a distance those aqua-colored eyes shine through!
...at this angle, you can see his wrinkly gular pouch easily.
...most of the literature describes juveniles as brown, but this bird was rusty colored...almost reddish.
The sun was bright, maybe that was enhancing the interesting color.
...as juvenile cormorants get older, their feathers turn darker until eventually they are all black. Cormorants do not breed until they are at least 2 or 3 years old. You can see black feathers emerging on this young cormorant, so he must be closing in on two years old. (For older posts showing adult Double-crested Cormorant plumage, click here.)