The Rookery, Saunders Island – Cormorants

There were a good number of king cormorants at the Rookery, both on the cliffs and a little further inland. 

2018 02 24 006

2018 02 23 108

2018 02 24 208

2018 02 24 210

2018 02 24 217

2018 02 24 219

2018 02 24 019

 

Although you have to respect a 20ft distance from the wildlife, sometimes the birds make up their own minds and disregard the rules. This chick’s parent flew in and landed a couple feet away from me and the chick quickly rushed up for food. Once its appetite had been sated and its parent had flown off, it hung around for a good 10-15 minutes and came over to inspect my laces.

2018 02 24 015

2018 02 24 025

2018 02 24 026

2018 02 24 032

2018 02 24 029

2018 02 24 028

 

Cormorants are rather ungainly when compared with albatrosses, but despite their slower flight they still have a habit of seemingly appearing out of nowhere.

2018 02 24 039
2018 02 24 229

2018 02 24 230

2018 02 24 233

2018 02 24 237

2018 02 24 241

2018 02 24 244

2018 02 24 261

2018 02 24 262

2018 02 24 264

2018 02 24 298

 

I was quite curious to see one chick feeding from another, rather than an adult.

2018 02 24 221

 

Some of the chicks were beginning to take test flights and quite a few off them took off over the sea whilst I was watching. Not all of them were so brave, one flew to the edge of the cliffs and then reconsidered and came back again to safety!

2018 02 24 268

2018 02 24 289

2018 02 24 319

2018 02 24 320

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *