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Cormorants Show "Superbird" Abilities When Fishing For Prey
2012-08-01 13:33:56

[Watch Video] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cormorants have long been known to be world class fishing birds, but a new video shows just what these airborne anglers are capable of. Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the National Research Council of Argentina recently fitted an imperial cormorant from Punta Lèon, a protected area in coastal Argentina, with a small camera, and observed it diving 150 feet underwater in 40...

2008-09-18 00:00:00

This hungry cormorant nearly bit off more than it could chew when it decided to make a meal of a very slippery fish. The bird was spotted struggling with a large eel off Monmouth beach in Lyme Regis, West Dorset. It lost its dinner a couple of times and had to dive down to retrieve it. When the eel was finally caught, a group of seagulls arrived to steal it and the bird ducked under the sea again to avoid a brawl. However, its persistence paid off as it polished off the eel with a...

2008-08-26 15:00:39

Rough wintry conditions at sea are probably behind the death of seabirds found on Sumner Beach, says the Department of Conservation (DOC). On Saturday, The Press reported that four shags had been found dead on Sumner Beach by Coast to Coast organiser and Sumner resident Robin Judkins. Yesterday, Sumner resident Jill Sainsbury reported she had found four dead seagulls on nearby Scarborough Beach whilst walking there last week. "What alerted me to them was that they were all in really...

2008-01-24 03:00:00

MADISON -- Double-crested cormorant populations on Green Bay and Lake Michigan in northeastern Wisconsin are expected to fall in the coming years. The Natural Resources Board approved plans on Wednesday targeting the large, fish-eating bird that would cut the number of cormorant nests by about one-half on islands on Green Bay and Lake Michigan. About 90% of the state's breeding population lives in these waters. Cormorant numbers have sharply rebounded since they were almost wiped out in...

2006-11-29 12:00:40

By Steve Vantreese, The Paducah Sun, Ky. Nov. 29--The presence of fish-eating fowl on our area's huge lakes is greatly increased nowadays. Two species of water birds are highly notable because they have come seemingly out of nowhere in recent years to represent a significant presence on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley -- double-crested cormorants and white pelicans. The snaky-necked cormorants have gone from a rarity to regulars on the lakes. They are diving birds, black as adults and...

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2005-05-27 15:35:28

WALKER, Minn. -- Chris Anderson is only half-joking when he offers a solution for the hungry cormorants that are eating the fish in Leech Lake - and taking money out of his pocket. "Kill them all," he says of the voracious, predatory birds. At Anderson's Cove, Anderson's resort on the western edge of the lake, just three of 11 cabins were rented for this month's walleye opener, after six years of strong opening weekends. Over the next month alone, Anderson figures he'll lose $40,000 or more...


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Spectacled Cormorant, Phalacrocorax perspicillatus
2014-09-08 09:05:04

The Spectacled Cormorant or the Pallas’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax perspicillatus) is an extinct marine bird of belonging to the cormorant family of seabirds that lived on the Bering Island and possibly other places within the Komandorski Islands and the nearby coast of Kamchatka. It is the biggest species of cormorant known to have ever existed. It was initially identified by Georg Steller in 1741 on Vitus Bering’s disastrous second Kamchatka expedition. He explained the bird as large,...

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
2013-01-01 16:20:56

The Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), known as the Great Black Cormorant across the Northern Hemisphere, the Black Cormorant in Australia, the Large Cormorant in India and the Black Shag further south in New Zealand, is a widespread member of the cormorant family of seabirds. It breeds in much of the Old World and the Atlantic coast of North America. It’s a large black bird, but there is a wide variation in size in the species wide range. Weight is documented from 3.3 pounds to 11.7...

Guanay Cormorant, Phalacrocorax bougainvillii
2012-11-07 14:49:50

The Guanay Cormorant (Phalacrocorax bougainvillii ), also known as the Guanay Shag, is part of the cormorant family, and it usually resides on the Pacific coast of Peru and northern Chile, however, the Argentinean population on the Patagonian Atlantic coast seems to be extinct. The major habitats of this bird appear to be shallow seawater and rocky shores. This bird’s color is similar to the Rock Cormorant. It has a grayish bill with some red around the base and the face is red with a...

Brandt’s Cormorant, Phalacrocorax penicillatus
2012-03-22 22:57:32

Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus), is a species of marine bird of the cormorant family of seabirds. It inhabits the Pacific coast of North America. Its summer range extends from Alaska to the Gulf of California. The populations north of Vancouver Island migrate south during the winter. The bird’s specific name, penicillatus, is Latin for ‘pencil of hairs,’ in reference to the white plumes on its neck and back during the early breeding season. The common name honors...

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2008-04-29 00:14:30

The African Darter (Anhinga rufa), sometimes called the snakebird, is a water bird of tropical sub-Saharan Africa. It is a cormorant-like fish-eating species that occurs in both saline and fresh water. It is a member of the darter family of birds, Anhingidae. It is 31.5 inches long. The male is mainly glossy black with white streaking, but females and immature birds are browner. The African Darter differs in appearance from the American Darter most recognizably by its thin white lateral...

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