Little cormorant

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Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger)

The Little Cormorant species is widely distributed across the South Asian countries namely India, Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia. It is a member of the family of seabirds.”Pankouriis what it is referred to as in Bengali.

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Little cormorant in flight, central park

Where could you spot the Little Cormorant in Kolkata?

Little Cormorant spends most of their time fishing underwater; hence you could spot them at any of the birding hotspot locations in Kolkata, where there is a water body nearby, such as Central Park,Rabindra Sarobar, and Satragachi Jheel.

When should you photograph the Little Cormorant?

Found all throughout the year, the ideal time to photograph the bird is early in the mornings and afternoons when they are fishing.Little Cormorant isn’t a shy bird. Stay calm, walk slowly but steadily towards it. With each step forward, click a photograph; in my view this is a good habit when it comes to bird photography. Approach the bird when the bird is drying its wings on some perch, at that time they will not tend to fly away easily.

Photographing the bird, characteristics, breeding and the necessary details:

The Little Cormorant is a small bird (50-55 cm in length; 360-520 g in weight).The male bird is slightly larger in comparison to the female species. The wingspan is 90 cm.The breeding Little Cormorant birds have a black or brown-black plumage and an elongated tail. Adults have a small erectile crest on the fore crown. The non-breeding birds have a white patch on the throat. The webbed feet are black. It is slightly smaller than the Indian Cormorant; they lack a peak head and have a shorter tail.

This bird is visible in both inland and coastal water bodies such as village ponds, estuaries, and lagoons. Fish is their main diet. They dive to catch the prey and surface to swallow it. Breeding season is from June to August in northern India while from November to February in southern India.

I have photographed this bird many a times in the past. Since the bird isn’t shy in nature, you can get close enough to them (6-7 ft) if you be patient and remain cautious. With the setting of the sun in the background, the silhouette perch of the bird enthrals me.

Tips  

 

  • They are not very shy and can be approached with patience
  • The best time to photograph this bird is during early morning or dusk when it is fishing
  • Often with setting Sun in the background and silhouette perch of the bird can be enthralling
  • If you want to get close enough, approach when it is drying its wings on some perch, it will not tend to fly away easily

 

 

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