“The Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger) has been a rare migrant locally until my sighting in August 2013 of 10-12 migratory birds in one extended wetlands location. Prior to this there have been occasional individual birds seen infrequently (above).
“Since August 2013 this flock, possibly up to 15 birds, has been sighted repeatedly along a 10-12 km extensive stretch of wetlands (ex-tin mining area with extensive pond/lakes, fish and duck farming). I have presumed they are the same ones since August 2013 as I have seen them very often at my frequent visits over past 1.5 years to the area. They have not returned up north.
“On four occasions, since February 2014 I have seen them collect nesting material, the latest being yesterday (above, below). All is left is to locate a nest to consider them resident.
“Today I saw 12 at one site with one bird with nesting material.
“Also noticed gular fluttering in the bird in the centre which was odd as this was only 8.45am and still cool.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
4th May 2015
Location: Malim Nawar Wetlands, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Extensive ex-tin mining area with extensive pond/lakes, wetlands, fish farming