Cormorant in flight
A large and conspicuous waterbird, the cormorant has an almost primitive appearance with its long neck making it appear 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 which can bring them into conflict with anglers and they have been persecuted in the past.
The UK holds internationally important wintering numbers.