Pelagic Family, On the Rocks

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Pelagic Family, On the Rocks

2011-10-10T23:22:54+00:00October 10th, 2011|Uncategorized|2 Comments

We passed this Pelagic Cormorant family (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) on one of the few isolated nesting spots near Vancouver Island (British Columbia). We were told that in the 1990s, rampant shoreline development eliminated important habitat for the cormorants. This rock island was one of a few ecological reserves the B.C. government set aside for the cormorants’ breeding and nesting needs. They share the rock with Double-crested Cormorants — and, of course, gulls who can be significant predators of cormorant eggs and young chicks.

Pelagic Cormorants (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) with Young

Pelagic Cormorants with Young - ©ingridtaylar

Double Crested Cormorant Colony

Double-Crested Cormorant Crowd - ©ingridtaylar

Double-crested Cormorants Roosting

Double-Crested Cormorants (and one Oystercatcher) at Rest - ©ingridtaylar


  1. Travis Forsyth October 11, 2011 at 11:14 am - Reply

    I love the cormorants 😀 Watching the interactions between them can be quite amusing and they are master fishermen 😀

  2. ingrid October 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Travis, there’s a ship canal that links Puget Sound to the lakes here in Seattle. Later in the season, the Double-crested Cormorants will be roosting in the trees along the banks. It’s just awesome to watch them swoop in and make their landings as the sun goes down. Are you seeing many around Vancouver?

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