Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo
A large and conspicuous waterbird, the Cormorant has an almost primitive appearance with its long neck making it appear almost reptilian. It is often seen standing with its wings held out to dry.
Found around the UK coastline on rocky shores, coastal lagoons and estuaries, it is increasingly being seen inland at reservoirs, lakes and gravel pits.
All year round
Regarded by some as black, sinister and greedy, cormorants are supreme fishers, which can bring them into conflict with anglers and they have been persecuted in the past. The UK holds internationally important wintering numbers.
Fairly common and widespread in Britain
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland both over-wintering and as a breeding bird.
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