Cormorant on the reservoir
Baitings Reservoir, Ripponden
The Cormorant is large waterbird, it has an almost primitive appearance with a long neck making it appear almost reptilian.
It is often seen standing with its wings held out to dry. Regarded by some as black, sinister and greedy, cormorants are supreme fishers.
The UK holds internationally important wintering numbers.
They can be found all year round on the UK coastline, on rocky shores, coastal lagoons and estuaries, they are increasingly being seen inland on reservoirs, lakes and gravel pits.