Cormorant (Great Cormorant) Phalacrocorax carbo

Historically British Cormorants were coastal birds nesting on cliffs and only occasionally found inland. In the last 30 years or so they have become very numerous on inland lakes and large colonies breed in trees at several locations in south-east England. They are much despised by anglers, for the damage they allegedly do to their fish stock, and licenses have been issued to fishermen to control Cormorants at many sites.

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Cormorant, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 20th April 2016

 

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Cormorant, Quinta do Lago (Algarve, Portugal), 15th April 2006

 

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Cormorant, Hyde Park (London, UK), 16th December 2006

 

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Cormorant, Drift Reservoir (Cornwall, UK), 1st October 2005

 

Cormorant, Whitlingham CP (Norfolk, UK), 25th January 2004

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Cormorant, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 21st March 2007

 

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Cormorant, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 22nd March 2014

 

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Cormorant, Loch Flemington (Highland, UK), 16th March 2014 - good views allowed this to be identified as race carbo

 

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Cormorant, Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 7th June 2008

 

Cormorant, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 23rd September 2004

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Cormorants, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 8th April 2007

 

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Cormorants, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 11th March 2007

 

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Cormorants, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 23rd September 2007 (all four are different birds)

 

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Cormorants, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 31st March 2007

 

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Cormorants, Lake Lothing, Lowestoft (Suffolk, UK), 11th February 2012

 

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Cormorant, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 12th April 2015

 

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Cormorant, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 2nd May 2016

 

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Cormorant, Stowbridge (Norfolk, UK), 23rd January 2017

 

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Cormorant, Wissington Beet Factory (Norfolk, UK), 10th June 2017

 

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Cormorant, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 12th January 2008

 

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Cormorants, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 15th April 2004

 

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Cormorants, Snettisham (Norfolk, UK), 19th September 2003

 

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Cormorant, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 27th January 2008

 

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Cormorant, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 18th May 2008

 

Cormorant, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 11th March 2007

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Cormorant, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 12th February 2014

 

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Cormorants, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 13th October 2007

 

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Cormorant, Barton Broad (Norfolk, UK), 21st January 2007

 

Cormorant, Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 20th September 2004

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Cormorant, Stover CP (Devon, UK), 28th March 2000

 

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Cormorant, Wells (Norfolk, UK), 15th January 2005

 

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Cormorant, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 25th September 2012

 

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dead Continental Cormorant (race sinensis), Stiffkey Fen (Norfolk, UK), 19th October 2013

 

Cormorants, Longniddry Bends (Lothian, UK), 31st December 2013

 

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Cormorant, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 2nd February 2008

 

Cormorant, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 16th March 2007

 

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Cormorants, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 30th December 2007

 

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Cormorants, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 27th June 2015

 

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Cormorant, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 22nd July 2007

 

Cormorant, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 22nd April 2004

 

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Cormorant, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 23rd January 2008

 

Cormorant, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 10th March 2008

 

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Cormorant, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 21st September 2008

 

Cormorant, Downham Market (Norfolk, UK), 2nd January 2004

 

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Cormorants, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 10th May 2006

 

Cormorants, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 8th November 2008

 

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Cormorant (with Shag), Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 19th November 2011 - the Cormorant is the right hand bird in each photo

 

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Cormorant, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 22nd March 2014

 

Cormorants, Al Qurum Park (Muscat, Oman), 18th November 2017

 

African birds of the race lucidus are sometimes treated as a distinct species, White-breasted Cormorant. Birds resembling this race occasionally appear in southern Europe.

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White-breasted Cormorants, Liwonde National Park (Malawi), 24th September 2008

 

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White-breasted Cormorants, Liwonde National Park (Malawi), 26th May 2011