JUST LET ME BE!
Honestly, the resident pied cormorant at Blackheath duck pond is the crabbiest looking creature imaginable.
There is really no cause to be miserable in such delightful surroundings, especially in spring when the cherry blossom is out.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
Ah well, we can’t all be outgoing, chirpy types.