Distribution and Habitat
Cormorants of various species can be found in swamps and rivers throughout Australia. In the past they were persecuted for their fish eating habits, but now all of them are protected.
The Cormorant is fully protected in all states and territories and must not be shot.
The Great Cormorant is about twice the size of a Black Duck. The long neck, slender hooked bill and lack of any white on their wings easily identifies them. They spend a lot of time drying their feathers after they have been fishing. You will often see big mobs of them chasing a school of fish with Pelicans and other birds.
Their plumage is not fully water-proof, so they hold out their wings to dry in the sun. Other Cormorant species have white fronts and necks but none have any white on their wings. All Cormorants have long narrow hooked bills and long tail feathers.
Video footage of the Cormorants is attached below.