I thought I’d follow up my image of Mandarte Island with a closer image of a group of nesting cormorants. It’s amazing to see how these seabirds manage to construct quite large nests and keep them attached to the bare rocks of the Island, an isolated outcrop of granite sticking out of the ocean off the south east coast of Vancouver Island. Yet the nests seem to be quite secure despite winds and rain, and the colony thrives. The cliffs are mostly very sheer and the water very deep, so it’s possible to drift very close in my boat, but scaling the rocks for a closer look is something I leave to the virtues of the telephoto lens.They return to the nests in the evening,so it also avoids disturbing the birds. They totally ignore a boat quietly drifting along with an old guy, a coffee thermos and a camera.
BTW, Mandarte Island is located a few miles to the east of the Town of Sidney, which in turn is about 18 KM north of Victoria. The west side of the island faces Haro Strait and the east side faces the Strait of Georgia, though that’s a bit farther out. You’ll need a fairly large scale map to find it because it’s surrounded by a maze of other islands. Or use this URL from Google Maps and zoom in on it:http://maps.google.com/maps?q=48.633+-123.283+(...
Fuji S100FS with tele zoomed to about 300mm.
August 4, 2008