Phalacrocoridae - Cormorants
The cormorants are long-necked, elongated birds with an oily plumage, which is usually black with an iridescent sheen. Despite being accomplished divers, this plumage is not waterproof so birds are often seen sitting on rocks with their short wings outstretched, drying off. All feed on fish and they have long, sharp beaks, with the sides of the mouth and throat being greatly extendible to accomodate larger prey. They are mostly marine (as are both British species), but a few species are found inland and in some regions (particlarly south-east Asia) they are trained to hunt for fish on a leash.
Regularly Occurring Species
Migration blog – Winter
As we get ever closer to the end of autumn the pace of migration steadily slows, and as the daylight hours shorten so does the variety of birds on the move.