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LITTLE BLACK CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)
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Little black cormorant

Vagrant. At least 13 records. Recorded as an occasional visitor to the Group by Hull (1910). Seen by Michael Sharland in 1928 (Sharland 1929). McKean & Hindwood (1965) wrote that the species had been seen three times in the preceding 15 years, but gave no details. One of the records concerned was a bird found dead by Max Nicholls in December 1952 (K.A. Hindwood papers, ML). One seen at Old Settlement Beach by Glenn Holmes on 6 April 1975, with another bird at North Bay the same day. One at Signal Point the following day and four at Old Settlement Beach on 13 April 1975 (G. Holmes in litt.). Eight seen by Peter Fullagar on the Airstrip pond on 24 May 1975 (Rogers 1976). Ten seen by Margaret Cameron near the Old Settlement in February 1977 and single birds seen three times by P. Poulton in April 1977 (Rogers & Lindsey 1978). Seen by members of HBOC tour party in February 1978 (NSWBA data). Two birds seen by John Waugh in April 1978 (Lindsey 1979). At least two birds were seen by Norma Maxwell in August 1978 (Lindsey 1979). Seen several times from August to October 2001 by Adam Bester (Birds Australia data). Around six birds seen by Bruce and Joanne Foster on Moseley Park Swamp on 12 and 13 February 2002 (NSWBA data; B. Foster in litt.). Birds were present at the Group from February 2002 until the end of October 2003.

In October 2010 five Little black cormorants arrived and were sighted at various places around the island coastline - and the number had grown to 12 by mid 2011. In September 2012 another ten arrived  and there have been 22 around at least until December 2012, roosting on the shingle bank at North Beach, Far Rocks, Mosely Park swamp, Middle Beach or off Soldiers creek. 


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