Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
A large, black, and conspicuous waterbird, the cormorant has an almost primitive appearance, with its long neck making it appear reptilian. It is often seen standing with its wings held out to dry. Regarded by some as sinister and greedy, cormorants are supreme fishers which can bring them into conflict with anglers, thus causing them to be persecuted in the past.
The UK holds internationally significant wintering numbers.
Seen by Thames (Strand on the Green) and by the lake (in the gardens of Chiswick House) in Sept 2020
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