Monday, November 23, 2009

Lots and lots of Cormorants

Went to Oita River today to check for migrating ducks. Not so many Wigeons yet, but surprisingly found a 10+ group of Gadwall feeding along with Mallards and Common Teals. Other than the ducks, the number of Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) was quite impressive. There were several large flocks gliding on the sky and many were scattering all over the river. Most of them were adults in non-breeding plumage and immatures, with only one breeding adult seen. Some were quite tame enough to be able to get as close as a 300mm needs. Seems like they're gathering only for winter, since I've never seen them in large flocks like this before.

A young bird with sleepy Spot-billed Ducks


A bored-looking neighbor

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