The Neotropic Cormorant is one of the weirdest looking bird I have ever seen with a strange sound too.
The Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) is an often seen bird in Kabalebo. But to see these birds you need to be close to the Kabalebo river as they are waterside birds.
Most frequently you can spot them as a couple and during other occasions you will see only a single bird (possible in an argument with its mate). Neotropic Cormorants are excellent flyers but they also feel like a 'fish' in the water. Unlike ducks the Cormorants' body is almost submerged, only its head and neck are visible. From time to time they will try to catch some fish or aquatic invertebrates during their travel.
After a short swim both Neotropic Cormorants had enough of their water adventure and decided to dry their plumage. As it is not a waterproof suit, both Cormorants decided to dry their feathers with the help of the sun.
Whenever you spot Neotropic Cormorants on a rock or on a branch, hanging above the river, you can certainly take some nice close up pictures of them. That is the time that they are trying to dry their feathers and are in no rush to head back into the water. For this reason most of them are 'frozen' whenever a boat is passing by, a method they use to be as invisible as possible.
Not only are these birds a strange appearance by themselves, they also produce a weird sound (in my opinion). One morning I spotted a couple while arguing, if I hadn't heard it myself I wouldn't have believed it either.
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