large-headed, thick-necked flight profile (California, USA; 2007-01-20)

Brandt's Cormorant
Phalacrocorax penicillatus

Native Range: North America

Notes: a gregarious marine species that nests and roosts in groups on rocky shores and islands; forages in open ocean; larger and thicker-necked than Pelagic Cormorant.

swims using fully webbed feet (California, USA; 2006-12-30)

upright stance when roosting (California, USA; 2007-01-20)
relatively short tail and light throat (California, USA; 2007-01-20) nesting colony (California, USA; 2006-04-13)
breeding adults show a blue gular pouch (California, USA; 2006-04-13) nesting birds have white feathers on head (California, USA; 2006-04-13)
adult sitting on seaweed nest (California, USA; 2006-04-13) juvenile bird, showing browner plumage (California, USA; 2006-04-13)
juvenile bird swimming (California, USA; 2008-10-30) group of birds on typical roosting habitat (California, USA; 2006-02-11)
swimming in the ocean (California, USA; 2012-01-11)