THIS impressive photo shows a cormorant midway through eating a pike at RSPB Leighton Moss, Silverdale, as another of the birds looks on with something of an envious look on its face.

The RSPB states: “Regarded by some as black, sinister and greedy, cormorants are supreme fishers which can bring them into conflict with anglers and they have been persecuted in the past. The UK holds internationally important wintering numbers.”

There are reported to be around 9,000 pairs of the birds breeding in the UK annually, with a winter population of 41,000.