Cormorant, Illinois, United States by Sandra Rust

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Cormorant in flight in a late spring (April) snow storm. I saw a group of 4 cormorants fishing in the river yesterday. They are a truly beautiful bird, especially with their sea blue eyes, which look fantastic in a photograph.
I heard about cormorants getting a bad rap here in the Great Lakes. The bird has taken over many of the islands in the Great Lakes since they arrived. The federal agency will issue permits to kill up to 18,270 cormorants this year in eight Midwestern states.

Those applying for a permit must submit photos of cormorant damage, how many cormorants they wish to kill and how they plan to do it. Culling season is coming quickly for the controversial Great Lakes waterfowl after it received a one-year reprieve. Control of the double-crested cormorant will return this spring, when the bird returns from wintering along the Pacific, Atlantic, or Gulf coasts, according to federal authorities.

I find it so sad to cull these gorgeous birds, I think egg snatching and relocation would be a better solution.

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