The Blue Eyes of Brandt’s Cormorants

Here’s a collection of recent shots — Brandt’s Cormorants and their beautiful blues, nesting along the Coast Guard Pier in Monterey.

I overheard a marine biologist the other day, casually referring to this color as “cormorant blue.” So, that’s my new designation for this particular hue. The eyes are vivid when they catch light from the afternoon sun, and appeared more muted on overcast days.

A Brandt’s Cormorant in flight, panning with motion blur (1/125)

Brandt's Cormorant Wing Blur
Brandt's Cormorant Swimming with Nesting Material
Brandt’s Cormorant Landing on Water
Brandt’s Cormorant in Flight Over Monterey Bay

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