21 July 2012

Cormorants - Pelican Point, Central Coast

Taken a few months ago now. The cormorants were way out in the distance, and I didn't have a tele-converter lens then to help out some.  Still the images seemed o.k. enough to share today (when my stock-pile is running on low).

thanks to Paul Randall, Wings on Wire, he identifies this one as the Great (Black) Cormorant








...but this one with a black 'eye-band' had me puzzled.
Later addition:  It's been suggested, Pied Cormorant.  That this is not an eye-band, but more-so the top of the bird's head i.e. it has it's head tilted.  Why hadn't I picked up on that? 

and since the Great Cormorant next to it was taking off, no doubt it was glancing sideways.  How easy we can be deceived; was almost hoping I'd discovered a new species!

17 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

they are pretty up against the blue water! the black and white is gorgeous!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I agree with TWG. Do you know what kind of bird the black and white one is? Its very striking.

Carole M. said...

that distinctive band across the eye is quite a variation to any in my book; hoping someone will solve it for us.

Island Rambles Blog said...

I have no clue who that is either...hope someone will come on and tell us as he is so wonderful...great shots by the way!

Jenny Short said...

They look great to me. I like the couple with necks crossed especially. xo Jenny

heyBJK said...

Beautiful photos! Love that blue water! I've never been able to get that close to cormorants. I have no idea what the black/white bird is, but I'd like to know.

Joop Zand said...

Nice shots with lovely contrasts.....well done Carole.

Greetings, Joop

Beth said...

is he showing off for the ladies or is he just drying his wings? (:

Pam :) said...

Beautiful Cormorant captures, Carole.
I think the bird is a Black-faced Cormorant.

Search this website- ozanimails(.)com

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

That is one bird who didnt want to get wet... At all, lol.
Excellent photos Carole, the Colours are spot on and composed really well.
Shaun
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Carole M. said...

Hopefully we'll have an answer on the little cormorant, just what it's name is. I've sent an email off this morning with an ID request.

Pam: thanks for your suggestion, I did check out the website but the black-faced cormorant/shag lives around Tassie and southern parts of Australia according to my reference. Also, it doesn't have the white over the top of head.

Each cormorant reference I've checked appears to be black over the head top, so this one really stands out from the rest doesn't it?

I'll let each of you know when I have some helpful pointer on this one.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

In the first two pictures he looks like he's saying "hey, look at me!"

Jan Castle said...

Don't have any idea what kind of birds, but they are nice to see. Guess you will have to take another trip Carole to add to your stash of pics...LOL! Lucky you!!!!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Les fous du cap said...

Thank you for your last comment. To answer your question, we think your little cormorant is a Little pied cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos). Some pictures on this site may be able to help you : http://!www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/cormoran.pie.html

Ideally, we pressed to come to Australia to see it !!! ;-)
CĂ©line & Philippe

Phil said...

Can't help with the cormorant ID fromover here Garole, but you have nice pics of both species. That large one looks really large too.

Sharyl said...

Carole, the birds are delightful, the sand shows up in such detail, and that water couldn't look a more refreshing shade of blue! As usual, wish I was there! :-)

Carole M. said...

loved all the comments, thanks to all; Sharyl it's not sand there but a huge rock-shelf at low-tide