BLUE- EYED CORMORANTS

The Chambal River Basin is unusual and host to numerous Unique species of Flora and Fauna. ( do check out previous posts titled CURSED YET ENCHANTED RIVER and GREAT CANYONS OF INDIA )

The Blue-Eyed Indian Cormorant ( English) , Pan Kowwa ( Hindi), Phalacrocorax fuscicollis ( Scientific name) resides in large colonies as can be seen in the picture below.

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Leafless Tree Covered by Indian Cormorants

Indian Cormorants can easily be confused with Lesser Cormorants , however the key distinguishing  factor are their Blue Eyes.

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Cormorants enjoy the Morning Sun

Indian Cormorants inhabit Inland water bodies  like the Chambal River below, unlike the Greater Cormorants which are primarily seen on the Coasts of Oceans .

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Casting a Shadow over the pristine Chambal River

The picture below shows up the difficulties faced by amateurs like me in Identifying Birds. The Juveniles vary to the adults as does the Breeding Plummage.

The key characteristics of the Little Cormorant( English), Microcarbo niger ( Scientific name)  are exhibited by the Cormorant on the Left. It has black eyes and a brownish plumage and No Yellow Gular.( part near base of lower beak )

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Curious look of a Juvenile Cormorant or the Lesser Cormorant ?

The Sun lights up the Rocky habitat of the Indian Shag or Indian Cormorant . They flight past the Rocky Ravines  in search of Fish or a Mate.

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In flight against the background of the Rocky Cliffs of the Vindhyas

The Indian Cormorants have no Oil Glands to waterproof their Feathers , unlike Ducks  and thus stretch out their wings to Sun Dry them. ( do see the featured Image)

 

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Blue Eyed  Adult in non-breeding Plumage

Am sorry to have made this post so lengthy, however was fascinated by numerous features of this bird called “Sea Crow” by scientists and ” Paan Crow “ by natives in India as well. Enchanting is it not?

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

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