Double-crested cormorant carrying stick to its nest. Last spring i visited Avalon Preserve in Stony Brook which is famous for its cormorant colony. It was a time of breeding and building nests so I could observe those beautiful birds gathering the nesting material and bringing it to the nest. Some sticks were only few inches long while some other were longer than the cormorant's body. It was a great fun to enjoy this warm sunny evening and watch amazing nature spectacle.
That morning when I was photographing plovers and red knots on the rocks of Cupsogue beach I was observing cormorants returning from the sea. It was amazing to watch how these bird fly quickly just over the water surface lowering altitude when approaching inlet and then raising again when getting into the open sea. Many of them were juveniles retaining grey neck and braests but their flight skills weren't inferior in any way. It was a really fascinating spectacle so I started to aim my camera at them and finally I took this series of pictures.