Photographs of Cormorant and Darter Behavioural in Water Habitat
Cormorants belong to the Phalacrocoracidae family and Darters to Anhingidae. This page features a gallery for each family and images depict behaviours in both salt and fresh water environments.
Cormorant Behaviour Notes
Cormorants are cosmopolitan birds found mainly in temperate and tropical regions. The gallery features a short photo essay of a little pied cormorant fishing and swallowing its captured prey at Campden Inlet in New South Wales together with an individual drying out at Lakes Entrance in Australia. Other gallery images show varied species behaviour, such as the great pied cormorant drying out and preening at Kaikoura peninsula and a Stewart shag nesting colony at Taiaroa Head in Otago. One of the flightless Galapagos penguin images show an individual drying out; compared with other species wings it’s not difficult to see why it can’t fly. For size comparison I’ve included an image showing and Australian Pelican and a little black cormorant.
Darter Behaviour Notes
Images show a male, female, immature (juvenile) and young Australasian darters pruning and drying out. I photographed the birds at two locations: Kakadu National Park and Fogg Dam in Australia’s Northern Territories. One image shows a predator (white-bellied sea-eagle) and potential prey (Australasian darter) perched in same tree at Kakadu. The eagle had been fishing so probably not interested in the darter. In Singapore I’ve seen these eagles attack and try to take grey herons which are slightly larger and heavier than Australasian darters.