Appearance Reed Cormorants are large, 22" (56cm) birds. Predominantly brown-ish above with off-white / silver margins and white below, with some dark feathers on the breast. Its eyes are red and facial skin is yellow-orange to red. The short bill is yellow. The tail is long.
Habits Reed Cormorants are usually seen on their own, perched on rocks or branches on lake shores.
Diet Reed Cormorants eat fish and frogs, swimming at speed, to considerable depths, using their fully webbed feet. Sometimes seen in shallow water, taking small fry or aquatic invertebrates.
Resident Reed Cormorants are seen around most of Kenya's large lakes and smaller waterways, from Turkana to the coast. It inhabits freshwater, alkaline and coastal waters.
Extra Reed Cormorant Facts Reed Cormorants are often persecuted by fishermen, because it is felt they are competitors for the same quarry.
Photographs Photographed at Kenya's Meru National Park, Mfangano Island, Nairobi National Park & Lake Baringo.