Phalacrocorax carbo

Ha, that got your attention. Common name: Cormorant. I see them most mornings when I look out my window, together with the Swallows and House Martins.

Phtograph by Charles J Sharp. Click here to visit Charles' wikimedia page

Phtograph by Charles J Sharp. Click here to visit Charles’ wikimedia page

When searching for a picture I was surprised at how many types of Cormorant there were and my ignorant self had to look up the breed native to UK shores. They’re pretty exciting birds to watch in flight, especially when they dive into water for their dinner 🙂 add that to the mix of Swallows and House Martins and you have an aerial display that’s worthy of respect. I marvel at how they manage to avoid flying into each other. Their swoops and dives are breathtaking to watch, really heart in mouth stuff.

You can read more about the Cormorant here.

But for me nothing is more impressive than the sight of Starlings in flight – a truly belly-grabbing spectacle.

I confess, I’m a keen birdwatcher. My dream is to one day take a photograph that will impress me as much as the ones shown below.

Working on it 🙂

Taken in Gretna, Scotland, UK by Walter Baxter

Starling Murmuration. Taken in Gretna, Scotland, UK by Walter Baxter. Click to see more of Walter’s pictures

Photograph by Richard Crossley. Click to see The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland

House Martins. Photograph by Richard Crossley. Click to see: The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland

Photograph by Christopher Watson Click to explore Chris' birdwatching blog

A solitary swallow. Photograph by Christopher Watson. Click to explore Chris’ website

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