Sunday, 21 September 2014

Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger

Cormorants get their name from "marine crows" and even in my mother tongue it is called neerkakka or "water crow". They have the remarkable ability to swim and chase underwater to catch fish. This is possible due to their remarkable adaptations of wettable feathers and webbed feet. They are resident in most parts of India and are commonly seen in or near waterbodies and are usually found drying their wet feathers. I was walking back at the end of a birding trip when this one was sitting alone in a pensive mood and didn't seem to notice me allowing me to get close and take this shot full frame and in portrait mode.

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