Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Little black cormorant

The two-storey bird hide at Hastie's Swamp, near Atherton, is a good spot to watch water birds. Not that it's brimming with rare and unusual species, but it's a restful place and you can sit there for hours watching the whistling-ducks and thinking about ... well ... nothing in particular.

This little black cormorant was one of several sharing the swamp with the ducks and grebes. It kept to the shallows in front of the hide. I think it might have been showing off.




4 comments:

Lulu Stader said...

What fun! Lovely pictures, as usual. I love the way these ancient birds sit so heavily in the water, as if they'd much rather be diving...

Snail said...

That subtle pattern on the back always reminds me of fish scales.

Boobook said...

When I was there last year I had the hide all to myself. Wonderful until you need help with ID.

Snail said...

Booboook, it's lovely when you're the only one there! The good thing about the two-storey hide is that even if someone else is there, you can go to the other floor. Plenty of room. And there's a loo.