Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Species
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on February 25th 2012.
Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on February 25th 2012.
(1/400th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 21st 2014.
Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 21st 2014.
(1/400th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 6th 2015.
Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 6th 2015.
(1/1250th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 70 - 102 cm; WS: 121 - 160 cm

A large and conspicuous waterbird, the Cormorant has a primitive appearance with its long neck making it appear almost reptilian. Regarded by some as black, sinister and greedy, cormorants are supreme fishermen which can bring them into conflict with anglers, and they have been persecuted in the past.

It is found all round the British coast, and increasingly inland as well.

It breeds on cliff ledges on sea coasts, or in trees at lakes or coasts.

British birds don't migrate, but upwards of 24000 birds over-winter here.

It is on the British amber list owing to breeding being concentrated at a few sites.

Sightings

16-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c.83)
07-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (117)
30-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (100+)
24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (60+)
13-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (70+)
09-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (94)
02-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (59)
30-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (53+)
28-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)
25-Aug-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (8)
19-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (40+)
16-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)
12-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30)
26-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (2)
21-Jun-2018 : Whelford Pools, Glos (11)
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (5)
02-Jun-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (18)
24-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (15)
18-May-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (9)
09-May-2018 : Whelford Pools, Glos (4)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
19-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
15-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (11+)
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (16)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (18+)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8+)
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (14+)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (21)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (9)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (16)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (17)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
04-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (22)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
28-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos (4)
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (30+)
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (20+)

30-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
26-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)
18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (5)
23-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (40+)
19-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (13)
05-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30)
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (5)
31-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
19-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)
11-Oct-2017 : Holkham NNR, Norfolk (1)
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
24-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (42+)
22-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
20-Sep-2017 : Radipole Lake, Dorset
20-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (2)
19-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (10+)
18-Sep-2017 : Lodmoor, Dorset
14-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (35+)
10-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (6)
05-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (70+)
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (25+)
27-Aug-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30)
10-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30)
03-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (27+)
29-Jul-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
17-Jun-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)
14-May-2017 : Rodborough Common, Glos (10+)
21-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (26+)
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (8)
02-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (28)
26-Mar-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (25)
19-Mar-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
12-Mar-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (8)
02-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
28-Jan-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (25+)
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (12+)
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (16+)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (10)
26-Dec-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (23+)
24-Dec-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (12+)
11-Dec-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)
03-Dec-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (56+)
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
06-Nov-2016 : La Janda, Spain (20+)
05-Nov-2016 : Playa de Los Lances, Spain (2+)
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (10)
22-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)
09-Oct-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (10)
02-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (17)
18-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (34+)
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (40+)
19-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (26+)
13-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (15)
31-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
31-Jul-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (5)
04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (1)
08-May-2016 : Whelford Pools, Glos (9)
06-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
27-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8)
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
21-Feb-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (3)
07-Feb-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
16-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (10+)
09-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (11)
08-Jan-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (8)
07-Jan-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
04-Jan-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c35)

28-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6+)
20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
06-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
28-Nov-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
12-Nov-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (10+)
07-Nov-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (14+)
22-Oct-2015 : Snettisham, Norfolk
18-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (18)
09-Oct-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
04-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8+)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4+)
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
12-Sep-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (8)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (6+)
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8+)
30-Aug-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12+)
22-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5+)
03-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8)
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon (4)
05-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6+)
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
21-Feb-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (16+)
18-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
08-Feb-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (16+)
29-Jan-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
17-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (10+)
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (12)

13-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (8)
06-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (8)
03-Dec-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
19-Nov-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
09-Nov-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
01-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
27-Oct-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (5)
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
17-Oct-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (3)
28-Sep-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (14)
13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
10-Sep-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (15)
29-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
17-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (9)
03-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (1)
20-Jul-2014 : Calvert Jubilee, Oxon
30-Jun-2014 : Tophill Low, E. Yorks (7+)
20-Jun-2014 : Arda River Dam, Bulgaria
16-Jun-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)
11-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
05-May-2014 : Pant, Ceredigion (1)
04-May-2014 : Teifi Estuary, Ceredigion
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c10)
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c5)
30-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (8)
23-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
15-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
09-Mar-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
01-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (6)
22-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6+)
16-Feb-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
22-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
16-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
12-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3)
05-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (8+)
03-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (8)
02-Jan-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)