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20060701Db_EL_002=_MG_0602-Little-Pied-Cormorant-sunbathing-Brisbane-Australia-EL+PSjpg
A Little Pied Cormorant (Phalcrocoracidae: Phalacrocorax melanoleucos) dries its wings after a fishing session. Cormorants do not have waterproof feathers and must oil them from the oil gland at the base of the tail after fishing. Note that this bird has old brown primaries and secondaries in its right wing. Also, one secondary is missing, awaiting replacement by a new black feather.  /  Cormorant - common from Malaysia south-east to Australia and New Zealand.  Length to 65cm, wingspan to 90cm.