Brandt's cormorant

Brandt's cormorant

Male Brandt's cormorant in spring breeding display - head tipped back over back, distinct bright blue gular pouch inflated, wings fluttering, tail cocked. Brandt's cormorants breeding and nesting on Guillemot Island are easily seen from a short side trail approximately halfway along the North Shore Trail.

Male Brandt's cormorant in spring breeding display - head tipped back over back, distinct bright blue gular pouch inflated, wings fluttering, tail cocked. Brandt's cormorants breeding and nesting on Guillemot Island are easily seen from a short side trail approximately halfway along the North Shore Trail.

Letting Go at Point Lobos

In mid-June, I was passing up the California coast after attending the Navigator's graduation at Cal Poly. I drove coastal Highway 1 all the way from Morro Bay to Pescadero which is the turnoff to the Dipper Ranch. It took all day, it was lovely and I stopped at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve to check on the Brandt's cormorants. I was tickled to see the cormorants still squatting on Guillemot Island.