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A Juvenile Great Cormorant in S VT?

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Got these pics today.  I was scoping a raft of about 32 Double Crested Cormorants and this bird stuck out like a sore thumb due to its lighter coloration.  I managed to find a way to get a bit closer for some photos, but these are still pretty highly cropped.  I am thinking the bird in the background on the right is a juvenile Great Cormorant but could use confirmation of that.  

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I believe they are all Double-crested. The light-colored specimen would be a first year bird. The head on a Great Cormorant would be noticeably more bulky, and even on a young Great you would see an obvious white patch behind the yellow base of the bill.

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Thanks HamRHead.  I keep looking at these DC birds and think I see a Great mixed in but it is probably just wishful thinking.

 

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