Cormorants are difficult birds to photograph. They have a sooty ‘stealth’ way about them that makes it tricky to catch highlights and define outlines. They also have a sinuous, draconian body language that isn’t immediately appealing. But along the southern African shoreline there is a community of globally threatened cormorant species that warrant more than a second look. They range in size from the heavyweight White-breasted Cormorant to the dapper Crowned Cormorant, and in nature from the darkly mysterious Bank Cormorant to the glossy-green Cape Cormorant – a gregarious species that gathers in rafts of thousands of birds where foraging and roosting conditions are good…

 

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