Honestly, the resident pied cormorant at Blackheath duck pond  is the crabbiest looking creature imaginable.

Pied cormant at Blackheath duck pond

Looking particularly  aggrieved.

There is really no cause to be miserable in such delightful surroundings, especially in spring when the cherry blossom is out.


Cherry blossom time at blackheath duck pond.

Cherry blossom time.

I have no idea if this cormorant is  male or female.  I presume  it finds a partner and breeds each year, but as far as I can see it’s always alone.

Sometimes it sits on a little island in the middle of the pond, in company with the mallards and wood ducks. I don’t think it likes their company, inoffensive as they are.

It’s doubtful  whether there are fish in the duck pond, but maybe yabbies and tadpoles etc. Plenty to keep a cormorant well fed.  The ducks are probably too full of bread from adoring little kids to compete for food.

Cormorant and duck

Damned ducks!

The photo below was taken after a morning dip. The wing feathers of pied cormorants  are not waterproof, so the bird has to hang them out to dry. Looks pretty impressive don’t you think?


Pied cormorant drying off.

That delicious morning sun.

After its close encounter with the mallard the bird  found a  more secluded  spot.  It was on a submerged tree branch, right in the middle of the pond.

Pied cormorant.

Alone, just how I like it.

I love the following  shot of he/she admiring the reflection of azaleas. Do you know what? I think it was almost happy to be alive.

Pied Cormorant

Admiring the azalea reflections in spring.

Here is proof that pied cormorants do produce young in their nests of sticks. This parent doesn’t look particularly proud of it’s offspring. Typical!


Pied cormorant chicks.

Photo by M. Eaton

Ah well, we can’t all be outgoing, chirpy types.

Little pied cormorant





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