The Cormorant is a reasonably large aquatic bird found mostly in coastal areas and around lakes and reservoirs further inland.
Their long neck and thick beak make them look almost prehistoric.
The Cormorant is more well known for being very dark in colour although some can be seen with lighter brown heads or even white crests. Quite often demonised in angling communities for their shear speed and pinpoint hunting abilities under water. They can dive to up to 100 ft and hold their breath under water for up to a minute!
This often gets them into trouble by the coast if they see a fish lashing about in the water being reeled in by a fisherman and cormorant jumps at the challenge to get an easy meal!
Behaviours of a Cormorant.
More often than not you will see a Cormorant perched by the sea or a lake holding its huge wings out almost like a display of dominance. This however is them drying their feathers after a hunt.
They can also be seen holding their wings round them as they feed on their catch to hide it from any cheeky scavengers waiting for their chance to get a bite!
The Cormorants wing span is a whopping 130 – 160 CM, this is very large for a bird that can seem so small when bobbing around in the waves.
Weighing in at around 2 – 2.5 kg they are about 1 kg more than the average Mallard duck.
Cormorants in the UK
Whilst they aren’t the rarest bird to see around the coastlines in the UK not all of them stick around.
There is on record around 9000 breeding pairs in the UK. Over winter it has been recorded around 41000 inland!
When it warms up a lot of them will fly off to find rocky islands and cliff edges.
This being said they are increasingly moving inland towards lakes and reservoirs and slowly becoming not such a coastal bird!
This is good news for the Cormorant, they are not considered an endangered or at risk species. They are continuing to find new ways to survive in this ever more concrete jungle!
The Cormorants future
As I said before the Cormorant seems to be thriving in the UK. To the point where we can expect to see more and more all over the UK! Including more inland around lakes and reservoirs. This is really good news to hear when we are constantly surrounded by news articles about more and more creatures falling into the endangered category.