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Brandt’s Cormorant

Phalacrocorax penicillatus

A true sea bird, the Brandt’s Cormorant inhabits the Pacific coast of North America from southern Alaska to southern Mexico, and is not known to visit freshwater environs as its Double-Crested cousins will. The primary nesting territories are along the California coast, where they take advantage of the fish and squid food sources delivered from the Northern Pacific Ocean by the California current.

I’ve been fortunate with opportunities to observer colonies of Brandt’s Cormorants nesting in La Jolla, where they can be seen from street-level walkways without causing a disturbance to the nesting birds.

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