Photo of the Day: A Family of Galapagos Flightless Cormorants

So nobody likes to call anybody’s baby ugly. 🙂 But we’ve gotta say the tiny little baby flightless cormorant we saw poking its head up from its nest on the Galapagos Island of Fernandina was so adorably ugly he absolutely made our hearts melt. Check him out! And read a bit more about these amazing birds down below…

Among the strangest and rarest birds in the world, the flightless cormorant can only be found in the Galapagos – specifically the islands of Fernandina and Isabela – and is the only cormorant on earth without the ability to fly.

Flightless cormorant hatchlingAnd get this: courtship between the male and female actually begins in the sea – and then once the budding romance moves onto land, the male woos the female by giving her “gifts,” which includes tiny pieces of man-made debris he finds floating in the ocean. Then once they mate, mom and dad actually share parental duties. They take turns sitting on the eggs, and they both look after the chicks when they hatch. But sadly and unfortunately for the male – there’s no monogamy here. Once the chick leaves the nest, the female gives the male the proverbial heave-ho, and goes out in search of a new mate. Ouch!

Simply incredible, this little world we call home. 🙂

Details of this photo:

Taken with: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM

F-stop: f/5

Exposure: 1/160 sec.

ISO Speed: 100

Focal Length:105mm

All images copyright Two for the Road

 

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