The Pied Cormorant is most often seen singly or in pairs. It dives for fish and can be seen later spreading its wings to dry. Its feathers do not repel water like most other waterbirds, therefore allowing it to dive better with less bouyancy.
Its nest is made of sticks and green eucalypt leaves, near water, where it lays two or three dirty/green/white eggs. The five Australian cormorant species are found in the local area. Two are black all over, while the other three are black and white. The Pied Cormorant is found on beaches, estuaries and inland.
Size: 66 – 80cm
1st Photo: Mark Trinham, 2nd Photo: Trevor Pescott. Illustration: Mark Trinham.