About Underwater Birds of Prey . . . .

There are many species of birds that have the ability to swim and even dive underwater but the birds that I have selected for this page are the birds that swim underwater hunting for living prey. I consider this bird to be “underwater birds of prey”.

Just like traditional bird of prey, underwater birds of prey hunt living prey with the exception that their prey lives under water. They are small to medium sized birds that hunt living animals for food including fish, eels, squid and even water snakes.

They are fast underwater swimmers because they have special adaptions that allow for them to seamlessly glide through the water.

Underwater birds of prey are often seen alone but they are commonly seen in small groups. Penguins and Puffins spend large amounts of time at sea but live in large colonies when they are on land.

There are only about 75 species of underwater birds of prey that are included in the following families: Cormorants, Darters, Grebes, Penguins and Puffins.

These birds are thought of as being water birds because they are found around environments like lakes, rivers, streams, bays and oceans but the amount of time that they actually spend in the water varies.

Cormorants and Darters are normally only in the water when they are hunting for food. After they have finished hunting they will hold out their wings allowing their feathers to dry. Grebes are almost always seen on the water but Penguins and Puffins spend equal amounts of time on land and in the water.

I will be adding more species of Underwater Birds of Prey as I am able to see them and photograph them so check back later to see my new photos of these birds.

Cormorants

Double-crested Cormorant

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Indian Cormorant

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

Little Black Cormorant

Australia

Australia

Neotropic Cormorant

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Pied Cormorant

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

 

New Zealand

Guarding the nest

New Zealand

Chick

New Zealand

Feeding the chick

New Zealand

The family

New Zealand

Darters

Anhinga

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Florida

Texas

Texas

Oriental Darter

Immature

Vietnam

Immature

Vietnam

Adult

Vietnam

Adult

Vietnam

Immature

Vietnam

Immature

Vietnam

Immature

Vietnam

Adult

Vietnam

Grebe

Australian Grebe

Australia

Australia

Australia

Eared Grebe

Texas

Texas

Texas

Great Crested Grebe

Male

Netherlands

Male

Netherlands

Male and Female

Netherlands

Male and Female

Netherlands

Little Grebe

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Little Grebe

Japan

Japan

Japan

Pied-billed Grebe

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

Canada

Canada

Canada

Canada

Canada

Canada

Canada

Canada

Canada

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