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