I’d never seen so many cormorants in one place before. Earlier, before these photos were taken with the Nikon D3000, the water fairly boiled with the ducking and diving going on as the Great Cormorants fished. The number of birds dwindled as the sun rose, and they didn’t particularly like me close.


I found a site – Do you know your cormorants? for identification, since I’ve grown up calling all types the generic ‘shag’. Waterbirds didn’t feature in my youthful bird-watching days – apart from the ones which visited farm dams.


The Great Cormorant is all black with a yellow patch on its face. Apparently, during breeding season, the yellow is bordered by white, and a white patch appears on the flanks


Range: North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Australia.


Thanks for looking.



Phalacrocorax carbo: Great Cormorants


6 thoughts on “Phalacrocorax carbo: Great Cormorants

    • Thanks for the kind words. I was curious, as I thought North America would include at least part of the USA, and found this – “The Great Cormorant lives along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean from Labrador down to the tip of Florida.” So keep an eye out if you should be on that sice! Thanks for commenting.


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