Looks like it has white cheeks and bits of white underwings
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I selected cormorant and it has changed to great cormorant. Are they the same thing?
I think they are the same.
You’ll find that iSpot, for the most part, uses the internationally recognised English names for species. This can be confusing to people who are not familiar with them i.e. me.
Yea it does get confusing
Have you got any idea what the bird is im stumped
It doesnt look like a comarant to me.
Baring waifs and strays there are two choices: Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo and European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis. I think it is almost impossible to say with any certainty from this photo however I would lean towards a Cormorant for two reasons; first there is the suggestion of white cheek, secondly the head shape seems more Cormorant like (plus no hint of a crest). There is a greenish cast which would suggest Shag but I think this is more the colour balance on the photograph rather than a genuine plumage colour.
If the confidence level was set a bit lower on the suggested ID I would agree with Cormorant but personally ‘I am not as sure as I can be’ so I’ll leave it with the above comments.
So if I wasn't sure, you would confirm it is a cormorant, but because I am sure, you are not?
For me personally the confidence level is an integral part of an observation, I put an almost equal weight to it as the named species. If, as in this case, the confidence level is above what I would happily put on myself I will not agree with an ID. If one doesn’t do this what is the point of having a confidence level at all?
If you had gone with a lower confidence level, yes I would have agreed with you John but the point is I would not be confirming Cormorant, I would be agreeing that it is likely to be or might be a Cormorant.
In this observation I think you are almost certainly right, the optimum word here though is almost. I personally, given the quality and information supplied within the image, could not say certainly without the ‘almost’ hence, sadly, I can’t agree with the identification. I may be 95% sure but that is not as sure as I can be. Could I rule out the rare vagrant phalacrocorax auritus from this photo for example; one of which was seen in Cornwall late last year?
I hope that clarifies where I’m coming from.
What would you say to ID it has
Great Comorant or european shag
Possible little comorant or is he ruled out
Lat/Lng: 51.398, -3.286
OS grid ref: ST106673