A collection of cormorants

Sole Pied Cormorant

First there was one…a Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos), watched for yabbies and fish, ignoring the rain during August, but only stayed for a couple of months. We should see one or two, every now and then, as the summer lengthens.

Shows Little Pied Cormorant, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Little pied cormorant, in the rain

Little Black Cormorant Duo

Then there were two…Little Black Cormorants (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) are long-staying visitors when the months turn warm and the yabbies are plentiful. These water birds prefer watered areas less affected by drainage.

Shows cormorants, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Little Black Cormorant Trio

Then there were three…Their wings are not waterproof, so they spend time ‘angeling’.

Shows cormorants warming in the sun, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

‘Angeling’ in the sun

Then there were four…

The number of resident cormorants has swelled to four – although, no images of this as yet.

They are happy to spend their time with the local Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca). There are two ibis – but one of the pair tends to fly off elsewhere during the day. These water birds eat invertebrates from both land and water, and have been seen eating yabbies.

Shows roosting Australian White Ibis and Little Cormorants, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Group: Ibis and Little Black Cormorants

One response to “A collection of cormorants

  1. I love the word “angeling” as used in this post! It’s a perfect description of the cormorants’ practice of unfurling and extending their wings. Whenever I see them do this from now on, I’ll remember this delicious verb.

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