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Juvenile Brandt's cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus ) | by Alan Vernon.
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Juvenile Brandt's cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus )

The Brandt's Cormorant ranges, in the summer, from Alaska to the Gulf of California, but the population north of Vancouver Island migrates south during the winter. Its specific name, penicillatus is Latin for a painter's brush (pencil of hairs), in reference to white plumes on its neck and back during the early breeding season. Reference en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandt's_Cormorant

This bird was observed at Pismo Beach, California.

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Taken on December 2, 2008