CORMORANTS FISHING

28 Nov 2012   in Feeding-invertebrates, Feeding-plants, Feeding-vertebrates No Comments »
Contributed by Dr. Leong Tzi Ming

“On a sunny afternoon in October 2012, a number of cormorants were engrossed in fishing activity in a wetland area in Thailand. Two species were observed, including the Indian Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis) (above) and the Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger) (below).

“They made repeated dives into the green water, surfacing frequently at intervals of less than a minute, often with small fish or shrimp between their beaks. Some of the Little Cormorants would regularly venture close to the shallower waters near the bank, where they would hunt among the tangle of water convolvulus (Ipomoea aquatica), where fish and shrimp might be hiding (below).”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
8th November 2012

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
I am grateful to Subaraj Rajathurai for his quick confirmation of the cormorant identities.




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