Several thousand Great Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) winter in Hong Kong every year.
They gather in noisy, quarrelsome groups and hunt for fish en masse. They are the Millwall F C supporters of the bird world: -
"Nobody Loves Us, We Don't Care ! "
Even when the fishing is good they fight among themselves. A small fish can be quickly swallowed but if a cormorant hesitates for a moment - especially when the fish is too large to swallow - there is a wet tussle for the prize.
These photos, I hope, convey some of the fun-and-games to be seen on an otherwise dull day at Nam Sang Wai.
A new winner emerges triumphantly from the depths....
…but can he keep the fish ?
It looks like he can !
A Very Happy "Year of the Dragon" to everyone !