In April 2011, I once again arrived on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge to start another season of seabird research working with PRBO Conservation Science. In my seventh and perhaps last season, I decided to start a photo a day challenge for myself. The challenge is to share a new and interesting photo for each day I am on the island this year.
It's nest building time for Brandt's cormorants. An activity I am very happy to see them engaged in. After 3 years of very poor breeding success for Brandt's, they have begun returning in earnest over the past few days and birds can be seen courting, choosing mates, and building nests. Numbers are good for this time of year making me very hopeful for a successful season to come. The pair here can be seen showing off their bright blue gular (throat) pouches to each other as part of their courtship display.