Astoria, Oregon ~ December 7, 2011
Cormorants are common around Astoria's waterfront pilings. Usually I see them in a dark brown or black phase. I don't know to what I should attribute this cormorant's coloration, perhaps it's a young one.
Here is the profile we most often see.
This one has a blue eye. Black cormorants I've photographed had eyes of pale, unearthly green, and I saw a photo of one with red eyes.
I liked the pattern of its feathers and the blue hues, especially near the top.
And then the surprising blue tail feathers!
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