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Barry Kent MacKay Cormorant
(Artwork - 034) Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

This little study shows the foot of the Double-crested Cormorant.  All four toes are joined by webbing, a condition called “totiplamate”, a situation found also in tropicbirds, pelicans, boobies and gannets, and anhingas and darters.   While it looks awkward, some birds with totipalmate feet, including this species, can perch on thin branches and wires.
This vignette is done in indelible felt pen, gouache watercolour and coloured pencil on paper.   The species is widely distributed in North America and parts of the West Indies.  The full bird is an adult, after the breeding season, when they lose the ear tufts that give the species its name.

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