The Neerkakka ( Malyalam), The Sea Crow ( a literal translation into English), Little Cormorant ( Common English name), Phalacrocorax niger graces the banks of the River Neyyar at Poovar. Kerala, India.
Have written at length on the Region in previous blogs this week and thus will not submerge you with more details.
Simply enjoy these Birds in their natural habitat in the pictures that follow.
If you compare them to Cormorants I had posted about on the River Chambal you will discern the difference between them as well.
Are two of them the Parents of the Solitary Juvenile in the picture above?
Observe the abundance and variation in Flora, much of which grows out of the fresh river waters.
Is the little one looking back to see if it is left all alone ? Is there a predator lurking below the calm tranquil waters ?
The Juvenile Little Cormorant has a brownish plumage and it needs a few more months before it acquires the majestic Glossy Black Colour (the dark colour gives the species the name niger) of it’s Parents.
The pictures above highlight the Enchanting Waterworld and one of the several Species of Birds that are native to the region.