adult in breeding plumage; white patch on side (California, USA; 2006-04-13)

Pelagic Shag (Pelagic Cormorant)
Leucocarbo pelagicus

Native Range: Pacific Ocean

Notes: a small cormorant found exclusively along cold rocky Pacific shores and nearby seas; usually solitary or in small groups; roosts and nests on cliff edges often on nearshore islets.

adult standing; no sexual dimorphism (California, USA; 2006-04-13)

adult drying its wings (California, USA; 2006-04-13)

note crest on head (California, USA; 2006-04-13)

with pelican on typical rocky-shore habitat (California, USA; 2006-04-13)

juvenile; browber body; note thin bill (California, USA; 2011-12-07)

juvenile; note also the long tail (California, USA; 2011-12-07)

adult posing for a portrait (California, USA; 2006-04-13)