Cormorants are large, apparently black birds often seen in their characteristic pose with their wings outstretched to dry whilst perched on a rock.  Cormorants are efficient birds, with a dagger-like bill, ideal for fishing.

The UK holds internationally important wintering numbers of Cormorant; they do not breed in Scilly and are relatively uncommon. They can often be confused with the smaller, Shag which is here in larger numbers.

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