Pelagic Cormorant [Phalacrocorax pelagicus] ~ 2016 #55

Pelagic Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant ~ Vancouver, BC ~ April 30, 2016

My blog is set up to keep track of the birds (annually) that I’m able to snap a shot of and identify. Because of this format sometimes I am able to identify birds, but the pictures may not be outstanding, as I feel is the case with this post.

At the end of April we were at Granville Island and I was amazed by the amount of Cormorant traffic underneath the Granville Street Bridge. As you can see in the picture below this is where they like to nest. They were either flying by too fast, or perched way up high so it was difficult to get a good shot. However I was able to crop one picture of a cormorant in the water, enough to get some distinguishing features. Upon doing some research (at one of my favorite sites …allaboutbirds.org) I found out that the Pelagic Cormorants have white flank patches during the breeding season. I didn’t see it make note of that feature for the other local Cormorants (Double-crested for example) so I could only assume this was a Pelagic Cormorant which would make it a lifer for me (#98 on my all time list).

Pelagic Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant ~ Vancouver, BC ~ April 30, 2016

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