Cormorants nesting on cliff

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Comments (6)

Michael Slattery on September 24, 2007

These guys really like isolation. :-)

Marilyn Whiteley on October 23, 2007

Beautiful photo, Nawitka, with the wonderful rock surfaces and shadows. I envy you the sunshine that I didn't have for my nesting cormorants in New Zealand. Cheers, Mariyn

Nawitka on April 4, 2008

Thank you very much Michael Slattery and Marilyn (sorry not to reply sooner!). I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this photo. I did enjoy your New Zealand cormorants, Marilyn! They have chosen the same kind of cliff as this one. I wonder if my cormorants have haystack nests inside their caves too?

Dr. Dominic Ebacher on April 4, 2008


I am quite sure these are nesting here - although on my island (protection island) the cormorants put up nests on top of a bluff, it could well be that they can do this do to the lack of predators (both presently and historically), whereas cormorants nesting elsewhere look for cliffs to provide security. The other reason for our difference is because the cliffs of my island are quickly eroding, and where nests can be built they are already taken by Rhinoceros Auklets, with no space left for the cormorants to nest.

Also, in our waters there are pelagic and double-breasted cormorants. We might be photographing different species - and they might have different nesting preferences.

Just my thoughts,

Dr. Dominic Ebacher

Nawitka on June 24, 2008

Thank you very much Dr. Dominic Ebacher for your very helpful information! I have recently taken another photo of cormorant nests in the cliffs, but in this one some nests are out on the ledges; and I was thrilled to see the haystacks that you showed in your photos. I really appreciate your help. The new photos are on a cliff on Galiano Island, not far from this location.

stacy metcalf on May 5, 2011

a great image, Nawitka. i love the character of the rock (the erosion) and the use by the cormorants.

L#1 from Kelowna

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