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Great Pied Cormorant

Great Pied Cormorant (Image ID 44477)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Thu 21st Jan, 2021 and uploaded on Thu 28th Jan, 2021 .
Resolution1113x1400
Viewed86
ID44477
CommentAfter much flurrying of wings between these two Pied Cormorants viewed from a hide at Coolart Wetlands, I was startled to see one put its head right into the mouth of the other. What was happening was how parent Cormorants seem to feed their youngsters: via regurgitation. Perhaps, just at that moment, a small swallowed fish was in the process of swimming back out of the Cormorant mouth, thinking it was escaping at last but then finding itself slithering down the throat of a ravenous juvenile. Out of one gullet and into another. The juvenile may be recognised from its pinkish gular pouch, clearly on view as it swallows the putative fish, and also by its dark brown plumage, tail feathers contrasting with the black tail of its parent.
EquipmentNikonZ7ii Nikon 300mm f4 PF TC1.4
420mm
ISO 1250
1/800th f13
LocationCoolart Wetlands, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Keywordsjuvenile, adult, behaviour/display
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