Pelagic Cormorant with straw on Vancouver’s Sunset Beach


Pelagic Cormorant | Cormoran pélagique | Phalacrocorax pelagicus: This bird was part of a small flock foraging for nesting material on Sunset Beach in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

I don’t normally do this, but after taking this photo, I feel like preaching (to the choir???): Aside from ruining an excellent photo (which is really a minor complaint from a single individual), it is well known that plastic is quite dangerous for birds, especially if they live on the ocean. This straw will hopefully remain secure in the nest, but who knows if it will get ingested accidentally at some future time when the nest is no longer in use? So please do not throw out your plastic (or other) garbage willy-nilly! Recycle it if you can or throw it out in a secure container/bag if you must.

Taken on June 12, 2015, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (ISO 400 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/1600). Not baited, called in or set up.


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