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There are a number subspecies recognised including the ground nesting Common Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo carbo) which occurs in Britain and Ireland that breeds on coastal rocky outcrops and on off shore islands. The tree nesting Continental Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis) which breeds in Northern Europe extending eastwards to Japan, but has in recent times colonised parts of southern Britain. This is apparently a rare subspecies in Ireland with less than 70 records but is in all probably under recorded.
Patrick J. O'Keeffe / Raw Birds
Thursday, 6 March 2014
GREAT CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax carbo) adult summer plumage at Bullock Harbour, Harbour Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Labels: Birds of Dublin, Bullock Harbour, Co. Dublin, Cormorants, Dalkey, Great Cormorant, Harbour Road, Ireland, Irish Birds, March 2014, Phalacrocorax carbo, South County Dublin