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The Fisher

Observed: 1st March 2012 By: KelsaeJohnKelsaeJohn’s reputation in BirdsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in BirdsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in BirdsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in Birds
The Fisher
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This bird struggled for a while to swallow this big fish - and I still didn't get a great photo!

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Ray Turner's picture

P. c carbo?

We are inundated with cormorants in the SE and while not exactly feeding out the hand are far from shy. Far cry from the relatively rare birds I remember from my childhood, only seeing them on holiday at places like Lundy.

It is fun watching a cormorant struggle with a big catch. I can remember watching one years ago trying to cope with a very large eel indeed. He got it down in the end but it was touch and go for a while. I wonder where those photos are? They were not very good, taken on a little 110 compact (in the 80s) so no large lenses.

As for catching the action, well that comes with lots of practice. Not only to master the technology but also to develop some anticipation of what the creature is going to do next. Even then it’s necessary to shrug ones shoulders and admit that it’s just not your day sometimes.

Wondering about the fish species, can’t quite make it out. However the angle of the gular pouch (the orange/yellow bit on the face behind the bill) of the cormorant is quite sharp suggesting this bird is subspecies P. c carbo.

Anyway enough of my random musing, keep up the good work Richard


DavidHowdon's picture


To my eye I cannot see the angle of the gular patch well enough in any of these to suggest a sub-specific ID. It does, one one, seem less than 90 degrees but to me looks like it is in the intermediate range where it is hard to be sure which it is.

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I’m not convinced about it ether otherwise a may have put up a revised ID. The first picture gives the best view and looks considerably less than 85 degrees to me however as the image is not sharp and the bill is open with the fish I think there is doubt.



ranon.2011's picture

I sometimes find that you

I sometimes find that you have to try and anticipate where the subject will be to focus and I usually try to take an action photograph as I breath out, which seems to help hold the camera steady.

Yeah! lots more cormorants around nowadays and I wonder if it is our cleaner rivers and seas that have helped with this, plus possibly a bit of climate change.

I remember the 110 compact; small dots of birds in the distance and a 35mm or 50mm fixed lens.