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Little Pied Cormorant - gathers oil from its preen gland as it dries its wings after a fishing session. Cormorants do not have waterproof feathers and must oil them from the preen gland at the base of the tail after fishing

Little Pied Cormorant - gathers oil from its preen gland as it dries its wings after a fishing session. Cormorants do not have waterproof feathers and must oil them from the preen gland at the base of the tail after fishing


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Little Pied Cormorant - gathers oil from its preen gland as it dries its wings after a fishing session. Cormorants do not have waterproof feathers and must oil them from the preen gland at the base of the tail after fishing

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Little Pied Cormorant - gathers oil from its preen gland as it dries its wings after a fishing session.
Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
Cormorants do not have waterproof feathers and must oil them from the preen gland at the base of the tail after fishing. Note that this bird has old brown primaries and secondaries in its right wing.
Eric Lindgren
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Sunbathing in Style - Little Pied Cormorant's Feather Spa Day!

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. In this delightful snapshot captured by Eric Lindgren, we witness the glamorous post-fishing routine of a Little Pied Cormorant. With its wings elegantly spread wide, this fashionable avian is not only drying off but also indulging in a little self-care. As it basks under the warm Australian sun, our feathery friend gathers oil from its preen gland at the base of its tail. You see, unlike other birds with waterproof feathers, cormorants must take matters into their own hands (well, wings) to keep dry. And what better way to do so than with an all-natural DIY oil treatment? But wait! Take a closer look at those magnificent brown primaries and secondaries on the right wing – they tell tales of countless fishing adventures and daring dives into the deep blue sea. From Malaysia down to Australia and New Zealand, these charismatic cormorants are quite common sights along coastal regions. With their sleek black bodies contrasting against snowy white plumage and that vibrant yellow bill as their signature accessory, they truly know how to make heads turn! So next time you spot one of these stylish seabirds striking a pose by the water's edge or engaging in some serious feather grooming sessions like our featured star here – remember that even nature's most fabulous creatures need a little pampering now and then!

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