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Photos of a group of Cape Cormorants on a rock on Dyer Island. Cape Cormorants live mainly in the sphere of influence of the nutrient-rich cold Benguela current

Cape Cormorants (Phalacrocorax capensis) are endemic on the Atlantic side of the southern Cape province. They live on the islands off the coast and fly to the sea in flocks for hunting. Cape Cormorants don’t have oil glands in their feathers as many other birds. To let their wings dry, they let them flutter in the wind. At sunrise they fly to the sea to hunt by diving, preferably for sardines and anchovies.

Every day in the late afternoon I was able to watch flocks of Cape Cormorants flying in V-formation returning from the sea to spend the night on Dyer Island. The total number of Cape Cormorants has constantly decreased in the last years.

Phalacrocorax capensis
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