This week’s photo, taken March 4, 2017 from the Edmonds pier in Edmonds, WA, features a PELAGIC CORMORANT, the smallest cormorant along the Pacific Coast of North America.
The PELAGIC CORMORANT dresses up nicely during the breeding season, displaying white rump patches and a bit of red facial skin at the base of its bill. Notice also a few white plumes on the neck and head.
The green iridescence can be seen year round, easily visible here on what has been a rare event in the Pacific Northwest lately – a sunny day.
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