Little Black Cormorant at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Black cormorants are plenty in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. There are different kinds of them and this I think is the Little Black Cormorant, of course a bird expert will know better. I caught it drying its wings and unfortunately I was facing the sun. I got just the silhouette.

The boatman then veered the boat in a favorable direction for me to capture it well.

A little more about cormorants: You will be surprised to know they can be made helpful pets. In countries like China, Japan, fishermen use them to catch fish. They tie a line around the throats of cormorants, tight enough to prevent swallowing, and deploy them from small boats. The cormorants catch fish without being able to fully swallow them. Fishermen are able to retrieve the fish simply by forcing open the cormorants’ mouths, apparently engaging the regurgitation reflex. How is that?!



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28 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Wonderful captures as always and a beautiful bird!! Interesting to read about them being used as "fishermen"!! Have a lovely weekend, Indrani!!

  2. Vidhya Rao says:

    Hope the birds are not hurt in this process of fishing..It's a great idea though…I actually liked the silhouette pic from photography stand point…but ya, the clarity of the actual bird is in the second one…The boatman was kind enough to get you there….

  3. TexWisGirl says:

    they are neat birds.

  4. Jeevan says:

    Both the pictures emphasis beauty at its own! I have seen videos of cormorants aid fishermen on caching fish on NGC; nicely traveling into the river by sitting on the edge of boats was simply amazing sight.

  5. Fishermen have some nasty ideas.

  6. Fly Girl says:

    It's a graceful bird but I wouldn't want to eat a fish it had just thrown back up!

  7. I like it when it opens his wings.

  8. Hilary says:

    Great shots.. both of them. Cormorants are hated by fishermen around here because of their hunting skills. They can clear a lake of fish in no time.

  9. The method employed in places like China and Japan to catch fish using these birds seems a bit cruel.
    Good pictures

  10. ladyfi says:

    What beautiful shots!

  11. i did see a documentary about birds helping fishermen, i can't remember what type of bird it was.

  12. So beautiful birds and pics

  13. DeniseinVA says:

    Wonderful photos Indrani. I like the silhouette. A very interesting post, thank you.

  14. AmitAag says:

    Wonderfully captured, Indrani:)

  15. Antonina says:

    Indrani great shot,in Poland there is a lot of cormorants.
    Enjoy the weekend 🙂

  16. Ileana says:

    Beautiful captures. Greetings from Romania.

  17. Very nice clicks Indrani. I have been to this sanctuary and seen them.

  18. Wonderful clicks Indrani..I like the silhouetted one more…. 🙂

  19. Nikhil says:

    Amazing captures as always! 🙂

  20. Lovely pics Indrani. You've reminded me of my trip 🙂

  21. HansHB says:

    Very nice serie!

  22. Gattina says:

    I never saw such a black one ! Nice capture !

  23. great pics in silhouettes… and yes the method seems a bit cruel… perhaps it only looks so apparently .

  24. Carver says:

    Wonderful shot of the cormorant.

  25. Al says:

    What a beautiful bird, posing so nicely for you.

  26. Mridula says:

    The second one i more eye catching!

  27. Awesome clicks! Thank you for sharing the moments with us… we are virtually visiting a part of what you have watched 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  28. Nice pictures Indrani ! Ranaganithittu is an amazing place. Poor cormorants though..I thought that was pretty cruel 🙁

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