Bird of the Month – Little Pied Cormorant

The Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) is readily distinguished from other cormorants by its colour and short yellow beak. They are
common in a wide range of areas where there is water. They usually feed alone, but roosts in small flocks in trees close to water. They are able to
hunt for crustaceans like yabbies in quite shallow water, allowing them to feed in smaller wetland areas than their larger cousins. A common site at
lake McIntyre with as many as 30 occasionally congregating in the trees on the islands. The photo shows a Little Pied Cormorant in a familiar pose
drying it’s feathers – this needs to be done often as their feathers are not water-proof as are most diving birds.