It was a two-for-one special: Alice Cahill got her photo of the day, while her subject got the catch of the day.
It all took place in Morro Bay, California, where Cahill was observing sea otters. When a double-crested cormorant flew in and started feeding, she changed the focus on her camera. She found the bird's bushy white eyebrows—feathery tufts that appear on a male cormorant's head during breeding season—especially endearing.
Cahill strives to document the behavior of birds in her photographs, while also showcasing their plumage. As an accomplished artist, she has won multiple accolades, including the grand prize in Audubon's 2012 Photography Awards. "I think my most successful pieces are artistic statements," Cahill says. This one in particular, also happens to be a testament to the culinary compulsions of a cormorant.
This image was a Top 100 photo from the 2013 Audubon Magazine Photography Awards. To see all of the photos, click here.