In Baja California Sur we are so very lucky to be able to see such a variety of sea-birds. For the most part, there are 3 different types of Cormorants we might have the chance to see. The Pelagic Cormorant, Brandt’s Cormorant and Double-crested Cormorant. The weather has been especially cool lately so I’ve been sticking close to home. Those long quad rides take a bit of a toll on my boney legs when its’ cold outside.
So, I take advantage of our location and stroll down the road to some rocky shoreline where there’s always something to see. Sometimes this means climbing over and around boulders to see whats’ on the other side. On this particular day my efforts are rewarded. I see some birds up ahead so I sneak up closer, keeping boulders between them and me. Here I am, all alone, sheltered from the wind watching Cormorants preen. So nice. I can see Brandt’s Cormorants.
And I can see Double-Crested Cormorants.
Cormorants are fairly large, dark seabirds. The wingspan of these 2 Cormorants is about 50 inches each with the Brandt’s body being a little longer even though their tails are shorter. They mostly dive for little fishes, cruising the surface of the water with their neck and heads visible. Cormorant’s legs are set back so they are not really well adapted to walking on land.
Following is a photo I took when I was Cormorant stalking. They’re watching me closely as I peak out over this huge rock. The bird on the left is a Double-crested Cormorant, the others are Brandt’s. See the little buffy throat patch on the Brandt’s? The Double-crested has an orangish forehead and throat-patch.