Black-faced Cormorant (?) in SE Melbourne

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Subject: Black-faced Cormorant (?) in SE Melbourne
Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 17:07:39 +1100
Just a small i/d problem.

I saw this immature Cormorant from about 30m and the plumage
- especially the dark crown extending to the base of the
bill and eye - seemed right for Black-faced Cormorant. But
Michael Morcombe emphasises that they have dark ear

This one had a circular pale area - about 1 centimetre in
diameter - around the ear amongst the dark feathers.  Could
it have been a Black-faced Cormorant ?

Michael Norris

PS Alan - it flew off towards you !

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