Thursday, February 13, 2014

Japanese Cormorant


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The Japanese Cormorant, Phalacrocorax capillatus,  known as Umui in Japanese, is also known as Temmincks Cormorant.

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It can be found from Taiwan, across Korea and Japan, and as far north as Eastern Russia.

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It has been domesticated by the Japanese to use in fishing. Known as Ukai, it can still be seen at many places across Japan.

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The only piece of poetry I remember from my schooldays begins.... "the Common Cormorant, or Shag, lays eggs inside a paper bag. The reason you will see, no doubt, is to keep the lightning out...."

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