Friday, March 11, 2011

Great Cormorants from Nameri National Park

The Great Cormorants are very strong and pretty fishing birds that can be found near coastlines, lagoons, estuaries, lake and freshwater sources across many parts of India during the winter months. You can trust them to be there at places that are well supplied with fish.

They typically stay in large groups and can be seen flying in large groups of ‘V’ in the sky. These birds are very strong swimmers and it is an interesting sight to see them catch their prey. They are marginally bigger than the lesser/little cormorant and can be easily recognized by their longish tail and yellow throat patch.

It is said that these great cormorants can guzzle 15 to 25 kilograms of fish per day. After a heavy meal, these birds are known to get onto dry land and spread their wings wide to dry them and to prevent infections.

Here are some more photos of the Great Cormorants I saw during my visit to Nameri National Park, a great birding and wildlife destination in Assam, North East India.

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