March 19th, 2010, 08:14 PM
March 19th, 2010, 08:39 PM
The second shot is quite amazing Peter. Almost unbelievable what Cormorants and Grey Heron can get down their gullets (I have seen a Grey Heron swallowing a Little Grebe which was still alive and kicking half way down the heron's throat).
March 19th, 2010, 08:58 PM
Thinking Grey Mullet, but not 100% certain.
March 19th, 2010, 09:36 PM
March 20th, 2010, 04:25 AM
March 20th, 2010, 06:07 AM
March 21st, 2010, 11:31 AM
Cormorants in northern Europe!
The photo looks a little like sinensis Cormorants which breed in south-eastern England and on the Continent all the way to Hong Kong which look more Shag like than the usual carbo being a smaller bird with smaller bill and more pink gular patch in breeding plumage.Some breed in England over the last few decades and look greener than carbo, smaller and smaller billed generally!
It would be interesting if they breed at Langstone harbour also.
Another Cormorant now spreading north in southern France and breeding in hundreds in the Po delta in Italy is the Pygmy Cormorant with one now supposedly present in Bavaria! They are slowly spreading their range north
across Europe and may turn up sometime in England! Already England has had Double-crested Cormorant a little Shag like Cormorant from the USA!
Perhaps next we will get Mediterranean Shags and Moroccan Cormorants with global warming as they breed in the Mediterranean and may spread north
with better conservation on the Med!
From sunny Jersey where there has been a big fall of thousands of Chiffchaffs from Iberia! With 'sooty noses'! Pollen caked feathers near the bill
as they feed on insects and invertebrates in Iberia on citrus fruit pollen in the winter as ringing recoveries attest!
Beest wishes Bertram.
March 21st, 2010, 01:51 PM
Originally Posted by BBREE
You are quite right that this Cormorant is of the subspecies sinensis and I believe they do breed here in Langstone Harbour. I was using the name in a loose sense.
I expect that the UK will have greater diversity in the future. Look at the Little Egret which spread by a similar route and is now resident here all the year round.
Langstone/Chichester Harbours seem to be the breakthrough area for migratory birds and seems to attract some migrants to stopover in the UK rather than migrate overseas.
Thanks for your interesting comments and viewing.
March 22nd, 2010, 01:04 AM
Is'nt it a joy to get such great shots, especially when you least expect them.
March 22nd, 2010, 01:52 AM
Thank you for your comments Rod. Although these are not anywhere near the quality I normally accept, I am glad I kept and posted them on here.
Originally Posted by Bikerrod