By - doctorforce
Cormorant I think
Yep, I think you're right!
RSPB website under Cormorant:
''It is often seen standing with its wings held out to dry''
Thanks for the very quick response!
Sorry for the quality, taken with a phone camera at quite a distance. The bird stood in the same place with its wings spread for at least 4 minutes. I would like to know what bird this is, and maybe any reason why it would stand with wings spread for so long. Thank you.
It is probably a cormorant, but it could be a shag as well! Really difficult to tell apart and they have similar mannerisms. Depends on the size of the bird and location to properly tell apart
Thanks for the reply. This is on the River Roch, so very much inland. I've just never seen anything similar at this location. It is usually occupied by quite a large family of geese, the odd heron, and a peregrine falcon family nearby. It was a nice surprise on my lunch break anyway!
Then most likely a cormorant if it’s inland! Sounds like an amazing place to have your lunch break with so much wildlife including Herons and Peregrines nearby!
You’re welcome! We have a fair few cormorants, little egrets and herons around here. As well as birds of prey :) love seeing them all!
Shags are smaller, have green eyes and are found on the west coast of the uk, I've never seen a shag on a river or lake, but cormorant breed inland.
Shags fish the river i work on in south wales every day we see shags. Herons and cormerants.
Cornerant. Endangerd in uk. Absolute nightmare for fisheries