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 Post subject: Cormorants: White-breasted Cormorant
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 7:11 am 
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 Post subject: White-breasted cormorant
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Phalacrocorax carbo

Status: Common resident
Habits: Solitary or gregarious. Sits erect when perched. Often flies low over water at speeds of up to 60km/h. Swims with body partly submerged when alarmed.

Food: Mainly fish, also frogs, crustaceans and molluscs.

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What many don't realize about WBCs is that they have the ability to become a nuisance in urban or peri-urban areas.

About 8 years a group of them decided to stop roosting on the rocks on the coast in front of our house at Schoenies and started spending their nights in a few large Norfolk Pines in our garden. We have been loath to get rid of the Norfolk Pines because they are the roosts for Crested Guinea Fowl and for the past 10 years we have had a family of Hadedah Ibises produce a chick each summer as well as numerous Cape Weaver nesting (along with the attendant Deideriks and Klaas's Cuckoos) but the mess and destruction caused by the WBCs made us think seriously about chopping the trees down.

Our garden used to get covered in fresh guano produced by up to 50 WBCs every night as well as the occasional half eaten fish and squid. In fact, the Pied Crows used to harass the WBCs as they came into roost to get them to regurgitate their recently eaten catch.

It has taken about a year now but we have hopefully persuaded them to move back onto the rocks again. The methods we used were neither pleasant nor do they evoke any pride in me but they were at least non-destructive.

Essentially what we did was wait for them to settle at night and them shoot pebbles at them with a catapult as well as firing off lady crackers.

Every now and then we still get one or two who come to roost and then we have to get the catty and crackers out again.

Amazingly, the weavers and the hadedahs have seemed to understand that they were not our target and haven't appeared disturbed by the flying stones and bangs going off.

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 Post subject: Re: Cormorants: White-breasted Cormorant
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This one I found drowning in Doorndraai Dam NR...Tangled in fishing line!!!

After a short swim, and 10 bloody fingers!! :twisted: He/She was flying over the dam again! :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Cormorants: White-breasted Cormorant
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Ouch -wouldn't want my fingers caught up in that beak!

What beautifull eye! :o

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 Post subject: Re: Cormorants: White-breasted Cormorant
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New Name Changes: The White-Breasted Back Stroker, previously known as the White-Breasted Cormorant, has been spotted showing off! :evil: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi, I am having trouble identifying this bird. Maybe someone can help.

The first was seen at Lake Panic on 1 Sept:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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darth bangkok,

1-White-breasted Cormorant: yellow at base of bill and blue eyes.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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[quote="Lizet Grobbelaar"]darth bangkok,

1-White-breasted Cormorant: yellow at base of bill and blue eyes.

Many thanks Lizet!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I really haven't a clue what this might be :hmz: , seen at Bontebok NP on 1 October 2009. It was a very long way away and my pix are cropped to the max. My only (very hesitant) guess is that it might be a Stanley's bustard?

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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
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Looks like White-breasted cormorant to me Arks

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Anyone can help me with these IDs? All photos taken in July.

2. (Hermanus)
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi Renard

I would say your birds are the following:

2. It looks like a White breasted Cormorant together with Cape Cormorants. The WBC would have been quite a bit larger than the Capes, not so easy to tell from the angle of this shot.

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