viernes, 18 de enero de 2019

Great Cormorant...the story continues.

 Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

I was lucky to find the Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) at the same location in Tazacorte yesterday, on a sunny day with good light. The solitary bird was standing on the edge of the concrete irrigation pond, together with a Little Egret (Egretta garzetta). Behind the two birds, the Atlantic Ocean can be seen.

 The pond itself is well-stocked with small fish, which I have been told are a species of tilapia. There are also larger-sized carp swimming around in the rather murky water.

I was hoping the Cormorant would decide to dive in for a snack, and within a few minutes my hopes were rewarded.

 Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

This was the first time I had seen the bird in the pond. It dived several times, and managed to catch a minnow-sized fish at one point, before eventually flying off.

And finally, this is what the very unscenic irrigation pond looks like in low light. The shot was taken in the late afternoon on Jan 10, when I first discovered the bird. The Cormorant can just be discerned as a miniscule black line to the right of the far corner...honest.

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