Reader’s video: Cormorants in the Nigula Nature Reserve

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 11.11.2017 - 23:11

Video sent by Villu Karjus
Translation Liis


Estonian text posted 02.11.2017



The video of the cormorant colony from the Nigula Nature Reserve was recorded by a drone

The video was recorded on five different days in September and October. On some days they were unbelievably many, practically all the branches at the water edge were occupied, and there were as many birds in the water.

The first time there was a slight fear that they would bring the drone to fall, after all large clumsy birds and so densely in the flock. But luckily they kept sufficiently far away from the drone.


Comment by LK:


Cormorant        Kormoran or kabras       Phalacrocorax carbo


We asked Enn Vilbaste about the situation in the bog lakes in Nigula today?

The cormorants disappeared from Nigula in mid-October. Currently whooper swans and Bewick’s swans are seen in the lake.

In the fish-rich lakes the food table is well set out for the cormorants; in addition they look for frogs and all kinds of molluscs on the mainland..

The cormorants that may dive to a depth of up to thirty metres must catch up to half a kilo of relatively small fish per day to fill their need of food.

Good that Villu recorded the activities because in such inland waters with shores empty of humans the invasions of cormorants have become more frequent.