BBB7664 [Phalacrocorax carbo]
Phalacrocorax carbo, commonly known as 'a cormorant', is a huge bird with a wingspan that in some species can reach up to 160cm. It's a great diver that can stay in the water for as long as 30" and almost always it emerges to the surface with a fish. Lots of fishermen used to see him as a competitor for fish; a fact that in the past led to the extinction of large populations of birds. Fortunately, that has stopped and at the moment there are more than 1.2 million of birds in Europe.
Kerkini: 06/06/2010, photo © Tony Taglides