Jennycliffe Bay, Plymouth Sound

On a small rock below Jennycliff, amongst several other cormorants, there was a cormorant with dark back and wings and a completely white underside, which seemed to extend up to its throat and possibly chin. Too distant for a good view or photo, but it was striking, looking at first like a penguin! Stayed sitting upright facing me on a rock for about 30 minutes, occasionally turning its head.

Also yesterday evening there was a juvenile turnstone on the rocks around the Mount Batten Breakwater (where they are letting off the fireworks tonight!).

 

Eds - Juvenile Cormorants have white underparts as described here; they gradually lose this plumage during the two years it takes them to reach maturity.

Posted August 16th, 2016 at 3:52 pm by Doug Herdson in Bird News