Sushi

by Dan Weisz

At Fort Lowell Park, the Neotropic Cormorants were busy feeding.  These cormorants frequent the tropical waterways of South America, Central America, and Mexico and are also found in Texas and Arizona.  They feed mostly on fish.  At Fort Lowell Park, the resident fish are descendants of pet fish that have been released (illegally) by their owners.  The turquoise-eyed cormorants are efficient hunters, diving and swimming underwater to catch their prey. Cormorants can be found at most City Park lakes throughout Tucson and at many lakes in local golf courses.

Catch:

Position:

And swallow:

Repeat:

Just the tail of the fish remains outside of the cormorant’s bill.

Working hard to let that fish slide down its throat, the cormorant is stretching from head to the tip of its tail.