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I was fortunate to be able to get really close to this young fellow. He appears to have two names depending on where he is from…..
The Little Pied Cormorant, Little Shag or Kawaupaka (Microcarbo melanoleucos) is a common Australasian waterbird, found around the coasts, islands, estuaries, and inland waters of Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, and around the islands of the south-western Pacific and the sub-Antarctic. It is a small short-billed cormorant usually black above and white below with a yellow bill and small crest, although a mostly black white-throated form predominates in New Zealand. Three subspecies are recognised. Until recently most authorities referred to this species as Phalacrocorax melanoleucus. The species is known as the Little Pied Cormorant in Australia, and as the Little Shag or by the Māori name of Kawaupaka in New Zealand. The term White-throated Shag is also reserved for the melanistic form there.
The Little Pied Cormorant is a benthic feeder, i.e. it finds its prey on the sea floor. It is a solitary feeder, normally diving in relatively shallow water, often near the shore. Dive times are short, around 15 to 20 seconds, with recovery times on the surface of 5 to 10 seconds unless prey are being swallowed. It takes a variety of fish prey but an unusually high proportion (nearly 30% by weight on average, and up to 80% in some individuals) of crustaceans. In New Zealand waters it is most often seen preying on the local flounder and other small flatfish. Eels and insect larvae are also consumed. These are brought to the surface to be swallowed: the bird will sometimes put a fish down on the surface of the water in order to re-orient it and swallow it head first. Because of this habit, they suffer some kleptoparasitism from Red-billed Gulls.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 May 2011 Queenstown New Zealand
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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

  • John Holding
    John Holdingabout 3 years ago

    Lovely shot of the young bird Andrea.

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment, very much appreciated John

    – AndreaEL

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 3 years ago

    Andrea – this is just fabulous – great capture and a lovely, lovely image !!

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment, very much appreciated Mattie

    – AndreaEL

  • Corinne Noon
    Corinne Noonabout 3 years ago

    Your cormorants are so beautiful,we have some too,of a different variety. they are such good fishermen,i like the way they can dive into water and pull out a fish,no pole needed !

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment, very much appreciated Corinne. They truly are amazing fishermen.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 3 years ago

    this is wonderful Andrea, so sharp , love it xxx

  • Pleased you enjoyed this image Lynn. Thank you for your lovely kind comment, very much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariabout 3 years ago

    What a fantastic capture Andrea. So detailed and your cormorants are sure handsome birds. Ours don’t have that beautiful white/yellow around the eye area. Fantastic shot and an instant fav for me my friend….WOW! Kathy :)

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment, compliment & fav Kathy, very much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • vigor
    vigorabout 3 years ago

    What a great looking bird!

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment, very much appreciated Viv

    – AndreaEL

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Nice detailed colors in this capture Andrea

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment, very much appreciated Larry

    – AndreaEL

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamabout 3 years ago

    Wow that’s some spectaclar capture, well done Andrea

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment, very much appreciated Robert

    – AndreaEL

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 3 years ago

    A wonderful pic wahini….such an interesting look

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment, very much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

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