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The Great Cormorant breeds mainly on coasts, nesting on cliffs or in trees (which are eventually killed by the droppings), but also increasingly inland. 3–4 eggs are laid in a nest of seaweed or twigs.

The Great Cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but often feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. A wide variety of fish are taken: cormorants are often noticed eating eels, but this may reflect the considerable time taken to subdue an eel and position it for swallowing, rather than any dominance of eels in the diet. In British waters, dive times of 20–30 seconds are common, with a recovery time on the surface around a third of the dive time.

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cormorants, wildlife, seabirds, birds

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  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyover 1 year ago

    G’day, Al – nice sharp details and an interesting story. I’ve not seen one of these up close before! :)george

  • Thanks a lot George. They are usually pretty shy I think but these guys couldn’t give a rat’s. They and the stingrays were sharing what the fishermen were throwing in the water.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 1 year ago

    Nice one Al ..Great info too – welldone my friend ..xx

  • I’m glad you like it Gail. Thanks Mate. xox

    – shortshooter-Al

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 1 year ago

    Great capture Al wonderful info

  • Many thanks Maggie.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 1 year ago

    Great shot Al,……Enjoyed the info,….

  • Thank you kindly JD.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 1 year ago

    Lovely, clear shot and image, Al !!

  • Thank you very much Mattie.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 1 year ago

    Fabulous shot Al!

  • Thanks Mate.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • imagetj
    imagetjover 1 year ago

    Beautiful Bird and Beautiful Shot

  • Poete100
    Poete10010 months ago

    That’s a very perfect capture of this Cormarant!!! love the tones of this image!

  • Thanks for looking Mate and thanks also for the fav.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootn7 months ago

    fine shot!

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