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Cormorants: White-breasted Cormorant

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jul 03, 2006 7:11 am

Don't often have good sightings @ night.

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Lake Panic.

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Unread postby Jock » Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:05 am

White-breasted cormorant

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Unread postby Candy's Style » Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:53 pm

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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Unread postby j-ms » Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:04 pm

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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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:22 am

Very easy tick in the western Cape
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Re: Cormorants: White-breasted Cormorant

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:54 pm

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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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Re: Cormorants: White-breasted Cormorant

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:29 am

Ouch -wouldn't want my fingers caught up in that beak!

What beautifull eye! :o
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Re: Cormorants: White-breasted Cormorant

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:38 pm

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby darth bangkok » Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:25 am

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:11 pm

darth bangkok,

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

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby darth bangkok » Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:27 pm

[quote="Lizet Grobbelaar"]darth bangkok,

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

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:41 am

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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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:48 am

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

Unread postby renard » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:49 pm

Anyone can help me with these IDs? All photos taken in July.

2. (Hermanus)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Niall » Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:35 pm

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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