This week's theme was "trio, quartet, or quintet of objects". I was quite pleased with this shot of roosting Double-crested Cormorants at Twin Lakes beach. This makes two weeks in a row where these birds have been the subject of my themed photo. There are two species of cormorants that I commonly see in Santa Cruz: Brandt's Cormorants hang out on the rocky coastal outcroppings, while the Double-crested Cormorants below have been roosting in Schwan Lagoon for years. They are abundant in Santa Cruz this time of year, and they are large and interesting birds. It is especially cool to see them fly overhead with bits and pieces for their large nests. The best place that I've found for viewing roosting activity is along 9th Ave next to Schwan Lagoon.
Here's this week's photo, "Trio". The two birds on the left appear to be juveniles since they haven't yet developed the completely black coloring of an adult:
Here's some idea of what of what the the roosting colony looks like. Nests like these can be found in most of the large eucalyptus trees that line the Lagoon:
Finally, here's a close-up of a juvenile (L) and an adult (R) Double-crested Cormorant. They look prehistoric, don't they?: