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Old Sunday 13th August 2006, 18:21   #1
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cormorants

While we were on our Dalyan River trip, I saw some cormorants. I looked up on the net for birds in Turkey and they listed cormorant (no scientific name) and pygmy cormorant as representatives of the species here(but size wasn't listed). I then looked up pygmy cormorant because the birds I saw seemed smaller than the cormorants I'm familiar with, but the photos of the pygmies didn't look like what I saw. What size would the cormorants in Turkey be? I have some terrible photos, but I don't think they'll help (VERY far off). Thanks in advance.
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Old Sunday 13th August 2006, 18:28   #2
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(Great) Cormorant - 77-94cm
(European) Shag - 68-78cm
Pygmy Cormorant - 45-55cm

They could have been Shag.
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Old Sunday 13th August 2006, 19:45   #3
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hi pereg,

even terrible fotos could help cause pygmies have quite distinctive shape/flight silhouette. proportionally longer tail and thicker/shorter head to name two. also habitat can help. pygmies like to fish in more shallow and rich vegetated water, so dalyan delta would be fine (though also poss. for greater cormorant).
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hi pereg,

even terrible fotos could help cause pygmies have quite distinctive shape/flight silhouette. proportionally longer tail and thicker/shorter head to name two. also habitat can help. pygmies like to fish in more shallow and rich vegetated water, so dalyan delta would be fine (though also poss. for greater cormorant).
Ok, I'll crop them and post them. I'm quite sure these weren't Great Cormorants, Phalacrocorax carbo, (if that's what you mean by greater) because I saw those at the Abydos Marina Estuary in Abu Tig, Egypt. I did see them there in February so maybe in August they wouldn't have so much white, but they were big. This bird seemed smaller.

Just looked in one of my Aussie field guides and I had also seen this bird in Oz. The guide shows a non-breeding Carbo--could be it. Maybe with the distance I misjudged the size. Anyway, I'll get the photos.
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I warned you about these shots.
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