Cormorant

We went to Thornes beach to look for fossils, I found some fossilized snail shells, turtle shell and crocodile skin.
When we were down the beach I found a dead Cormorant, it was already decomposing, so I took the head and put it in a bag. I have found quite a lot of dead sea birds this year, I don’t know why. When I got home I put it in the garden to finish decomposing, I put a crate over the dead animal so the flies can get in but nothing else can.
The photos show the skull after the flies have finished cleaning it up and I have washed it, I am going to think about whether to clean it up any more.

From the back of the skull to the end of the beak is 15cm.
Its beak is 78mm long.

Cormorants and Shags are like each other to look at, but Cormorants have white under their beak, Shags don’t, they have a black short crest on their head.
Cormorants catch fish in long underwater dives from the surface. It can feed in quiet estuaries and in lakes or rivers.

Nesting: They have a bulky nest made of sticks in trees and on cliff ledges, 3-4 eggs, 1 brood in April-May.
Length: 80-100cm
Wingspan: 1.3-1.6m
Lifespan: 15-20 years
Weight 2-2.5kg

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One thought on “Cormorant

  1. Cesar, Elaine says:

    Daisy you are a super star – well done!

    The front cover of the programme is looking fab, so will get Steve to send a copy across to you some time.

    Kind regards Elaine Elaine Cesar | Senior Events Officer | Events Isle of Wight Council | County Hall | Newport | Isle of Wight PO30 1UD | Tel : (01983) 821000 Ext 6297 | Fax : (01983) 823109 Email : elaine.cesar@iow.gov.uk | Web : http://www.iwight.com Autumn Walking Weekend 25 – 28 October 2013 Isle of Wight Walking Festival 3 – 18 May 2014 WINNER – Tourism Excellence SILVER Award for Best Event 2010 WINNER – CIPR GOLD Award for Best Event 2009 WINNER – Tourism ExSELLence SILVER Award for Best Event 2009 http://www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk ________________________________

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