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During my lunch break I decided to again sit by the lake and eat my lunch and then head off for a walk around the lake. Today I also spotted a variety of wildlife, including four water dragons (two large dragons and two small, including one lying on a branch near the water’s edge), swamp hens, moorhens, pelicans and a Little Pied Cormorant

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Yesterday during my lunch break I decided to sit near the complex of lakes in the grounds of the university I work at. I spotted an Australian Water Dragon sunning itself on my walk to the lakes. I eat my lunch, observing a flock of Corellas perched in a tree and a Noisy Minor and moorhen scavenging for scraps near my feet. Then I took a walk around the bigger lake and spotted two Little Pied Cormorants, three Little Black Cormorants, pelicans, moorhens, Swamphens, ducks and two turtles perched on rocks poking out of the lake waters.

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On my morning walk to work I observed both a Black Cormorant and a Little Pied Cormorant. I first saw the Black Cormorant on the grassy bank next to one of lakes in the lake complex, flapping its wings. By the time I had walked close, the bird had flown to the water and was gliding across the lake surface. Next, I observed the Little Pied Cormorant perched on a low hanging branch on the edge of an adjacent lake. I watched as the bird flapped its wings, turned around and then stretched its wing, drying them.

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Little Pied Cormorant spotted and photographed last Friday on my walk to work (in the rain).

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Yesterday morning walking to work I observed a ‘flock’ of Little Black Cormorants swimming and ducking and diving on one of the lakes. I have observed a ‘flock’ of these black birds a number of times on or around the lake. Prior to observing this ‘flock’ I thought cormorants were solitary birds. I am going to look into this.

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On Monday on my walk past the lakes, I observed an Oriental Darter or Cormorant (it was a little hard to tell what species the bird observed was – I think it may have been an Oriental Darter due to the slim long beak) with its wings spread to dry in the sun, perched on a rock at the waters edge. As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, I am fascinated by cormorants and darters – members of the Phalacrocoracidae family.

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One morning last week I had the opportunity to observed a Pied Cormorant perched on an inlet pipe covered with mesh / wire in one of the lakes at the university I work at. Being able to observe a Pied Cormorant in close proximity, demonstrated just how much bigger this species is compared to the Little Pied Cormorant.

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