These are a few shots from over the last four years of Double-crested Cormorants. They're from various areas in Toronto (Humber Bay Park, Lake Ontario, The Spit, Humber River Trail, High Park, etc.)
Double-crested Cormorants are one of my many favourite birds. A lot of people dislike them because they are very destructive to habitats. I find them quite graceful and majestic. There are tens of thousands of them in Toronto every year. The Tommy Thompson Park cormorant colony is the largest on the Great Lakes at 11,990 nesting pairs in 2013.
Last year, MPPs quietly gave second reading approval to a private member’s bill that would add the cormorant to the list of birds — including crows and starlings — that can be shot on sight. Current Status: Ordered referred to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly
In Atlantic Canada, there is pressure from fishermen in varying degrees in each of the four provinces. New Brunswick has responded with an open season on cormorants from the beginning of October to the end of February. There is no bag limit. Prince Edward Island has recently (1992) opened a hunting season, for two weeks, starting on 5 October each year. The daily bag limit is six cormorants per hunter. In Nova Scotia there is no open season, but permits are given to fishermen to kill cormorants at fishing weirs where considered necessary (1995). In Newfoundland there is also no open season, but permits to kill are given to individual fishermen on request.
Cormorants face vigilante justice in new Ontario bill: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2016/06/20/cormorants-face-vigilante-justice-in-new-ontario-bill-walkom.html
Management Policies for Cormorants in Canada: https://www.jstor.or...an_tab_contents
Edited by JasonTO, 21 April 2017 - 12:52 PM.