Post is part of the project- Birds in the neighborhood. | Bird 53
The location of the sighting and photographs is Munzala Dam Spillway and Reservoir, District: Yavatmal.
I have extended the definition of neighborhood to include any place I visit as Earth is my home. Earlier, up to bird 47, all the clicks were taken around 100 feet from my home in Warora (Dist: Chandrapur).
This medium-sized bronze brown cormorant is scalloped in black on the upper plumage, lacks a crest and has a small and slightly peaked head with a long narrow bill that ends in a hooked tip. The eye is blue and bare yellow facial skin during the non-breeding season. Breeding birds have a short white ear tuft. In some plumages it has a white throat but the white is restricted below the gape unlike in the much larger great cormorant. Sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner. (Paragraph taken from Wikipedia)
At first, I mistook this bird for Little Cormorant. But the hooked tip of the beak helped realize that its Indian Cormorant. The color of eyes is not properly visible owing to distance and lighting conditions. (The doubt still persists.)