Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

This cormorant was drying his wings on Pirates Bay beach. He was visible from quite a distance, resembling a miniature dragon. He was nervous as I edged around him, but I think his wings were very soggy and he didn’t want to take to the water unless I seemed really threatening. I believe he was a juvenile (chest plumage), so maybe he just wasn’t very good at swimming, got bedraggled, and needed a good sit down. These birds grow up to a metre in length, and I think this chap was heading for that.

Nikon D7200, Nikkor 70-300mm@210mm.
1/1250s, f8, ISO 400.

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