The Cormorant is around in all seasons and the breakwaters provide ideal wing-drying perches.

Often their preferred post is rather a long way from the shoreline, but from time to time they they favour this closer position. Compared to many smaller birds, the Cormorants are very cooperative photographic subjects and usually remain in one place for up to an hour.

Photograph (above) September 2004.

Photograph - August 2003

Photograph - August 2004

I don't know whether the two birds pictured on the left are a pair or a parent and child. There was clearly a very eloquent dialogue going on between them which I was quite unable to decipher.

Photograph (left) - June 2004.

The white front on the bird below right though shows beyond doubt that it is a youngster, and it seems to be under close surveillance...

... and its body language suggests that it wasn't altogether happy. A while later, the young bird was seen swimming around but showing no apparent enthusiasm for fishing.

Photographs (left and above) - September 2004

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Again September brought the sight of young birds perched somewhat nearer the shore than is the habit of the mature cormorants.

Photographs (above) - September 2013


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