PHALACROCORACIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Phalacrocorax sulcirostris  

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)
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© Vik Dunis 2008
Sale, VIC (Feb, 2008)

The Little Black Cormorant

BY inlet and islet and wide river reaches,
By lake and lagoon I'm at home;
Yet oft the far forests of blue gum and beeches
About the broad ranges I roam.
"There's a strange, sombre bird with a hook in his beak."
'Tis the little black cormorant raiding your creek.

And woe to the fisher and woe to the fishes--
A gourmand, I freely confess--
When I come a-searching for succulent dishes,
Arrayed in my funeral dress.
Then the fishermen rave, and in anger they speak:
"There's a little black cormorant coming up creek!"

But I'm quick and I'm cunning, as many a greyling,
A blackfish, a trout or a bream
Has known to his sorrow when down I go sailing
To hunt him beneath the dark stream.
To my cavernous maw then they all come alike,
And 'tis death should the little black cormorant strike.

But I am an outlaw. I'm hunted and harried.
I'm banned from the havens of men.
And woe is to me if too long I have tarried--
A shot o'er the waters--and then,
There is reason indeed for my funeral dress.
For alas, here's a little black cormorant less!

The Little Black Cormorant
by C J Dennis (1876-1938)
The Singing Garden (1935) p.85.

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Black Cormorant