|Brandt's Cormorant and chick. La Jolla, California. May 1, 2016. Greg Gillson.|
A couple of Double-crested Cormorants were also on the cliffs. They have a yellow-orange throat pouch throughout the year. As you can see by the photo below, the high breeding plumage brings a tuft of white feathers back from the eye. These are the "crests" mentioned in the name. Interestingly, these crests are white in Western birds, but black and larger in other populations across North America. Double-crested Cormorants are found in marine and fresh water across the continent, while other cormorants in North America are primarily restricted to salt water habitats. Notice that the eye is circled by blue--it's actually the eyelids in breeding plumage!
|Double-crested Cormorant. La Jolla, California. May 1, 2016. Greg Gillson.|