Wednesday 23 September 2015


Near Dights Falls on the Yarra in Abbotsford, one may see quite a few cormorants (and of course the omnipresent seagulls). The Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) is almost entirely black in plumage, apart from a white and yellow chin and a small white patch on each thigh (absent in winter). The bill is grey and the legs and feet are black. Young birds resemble the adults but are more dusky-brown.

Great Cormorants are probably the most widespread member of the cormorant family with a range that includes North America, Europe, Africa, China, India, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Australia. It occurs throughout most of Australia but is more numerous in the south-east and south-west.

This post is part of the Wednesday Waters meme,
and also part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wild Bird Wednesday meme.


  1. The last photo is my favorite!

  2. What a lovely location... for birds and for people.
    Thanks for sharing these photos at

  3. By there is quite a rush of water there. Love the bird shots.

  4. Cormorants are pretty interesting to watch and the colour of their eyes amazes me. That looks like the perfect place to hang out . Nice shot and interesting information.

  5. I've never heard of these birds before. One learns something new everyday!

  6. Pretty scenery and great captures of the cormorants and friends.

  7. The cormorants are fascinating little characters. Love seeing their wings spread to dry them. They don't seem to mind hanging around seagulls and ibises.


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