Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Cormorant Nesting Season at Lake Merritt

The double-crested cormorants have begun their nesting season at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. The cormorants nest in several trees that are on small islands near the edge of the lake.

The male cormorants are busy finding nesting materials and trying to attract mates. Each time a male finds a good nest-building twig, the event is celebrated by a showy victory lap around the colony's nesting trees before presenting the twig to its mate, or potential mate.

During this season, breeding-age cormorants' of both sexes sport large, greyish plumes above their eyes. These plumes give them the "double-crested" part of their name, and also give them the appearance of being shaggy-eyebrowed old men. Obviously, different species have very different ideas about what is sexy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's a fine lookin' bird, Tadashi...I actually find the eyebrows to be dead sexy ;~)