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Southern Cormorant

Observed: 26th December 2010 By: VinnyVinny’s reputation in BirdsVinny’s reputation in BirdsVinny’s reputation in Birds

Snapped this as it flew overhead. I think the white head may indicate the subspecies P.c.sinensis - perhaps driven further west than normal by the harsh winter.

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Subspecies uncertain.

This could be a 'sinensis' race Cormorant but it is not possible to tell from the photo.

A very white head used to be thought to indicate 'sinensis', but it is now known that the "normal" British race (the nominate 'carbo') can also develop a white head (there is some evidence that this may possibly be more frequent in older individuals)..

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The above post ended up repeated twice, so I've ended this one and will add that it is actually now normal to find 'sinensis' Cormorants in southern England (both breeding and in the winter) - along with individuals of the 'carbo' race.