Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis
The cormorant is the Royal National City Park’s newest and most striking arrival. It lives all year round in the area but is possibly easiest to find in the winter, when it is often to be spotted on the bird-feeding raft in Stockholm city at Strömmen or atop the poles rising out of the water off Skeppsholmen. This large goose-sized bird is easy to recognize from its upright stance. It is rather spectacular when it spreads its wings to dry them, creating the shape of a cross. The cormorant has often been associated with misfortune and its invasion of Stockholm’s archipelago has created many enemies. Ever since the 1940s the cormorant has had two breeding colonies in Kalmarsund, but after repeated local persecution the species spread along the Swedish coast of the Baltic Sea. They returned to the Stockholm region in the 1990s. Most of the cormorants in the park are to be found on the Fjäderholm islands and it will not take long before a colony establishes itself there on the island of Libertas. The white-tailed eagle, which has now learnt to hunt the cormorant, is sometimes to be seen there.