nesting colony on a rocky promentory (South Africa; 2007-07-05)

Cape Cormorant
Leucocarbo capensis

Native Range: Africa

Notes: a large all-dark marine cormorant, easily dwarfing the Crowned Cormorant with which it is sympatric along much of its coastal range in southwestern Africa; no sexual dimorphism, but juveniles are much browner than the nearly all-black adults; the specimens do, however, show some scaling on the upperparts; turquoise eye and orange-yellow throat also help to identify this species.

adult with Crowned Cormorant in the foreground (South Africa; 2007-07-05)