Flightless Cormorant
Phalacrocorax harrisi
The Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) is another species endemic to the Galapagos Islands. The shot on this page is a digital capture taken in July 2003 on Fernandina Island with a Canon EOS 10D and an EF 70-200 mm F/2.8 L IS lens. In the photo a chick is begging food from its parent. Note the extremely short and stubby wings of the adult. Unfortunately, the day I was there was extremely dark and gray, so combine a gray bird with gray rocks with a gray sky and there is not much to make a pleasing photo.
In July, 2007, I made another visit to the Galapagos Islands. The next 15 shots were taken at that time at various locations in the Galapagos. You will see the birds in a variety of poses and behaviors. Several of the shots shows the stubby wings quite well and some Marine Iguanas are in the background on some of the shots as well. These next 15 images were all taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III camera and an EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 L IS lens.
The next 11 images of Flightless Cormorant were taken on Isabela Island in the Galapagos during August, 2010, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens. The shot here shows a standing adult near a young bird.
A young bird on the left in the next several images, is hoping for a meal from the adult.
An adult Flightless Cormorant displays its tiny wings.
An adult Flightless Cormorant feeding a chick.
The next two shots show a pair of chicks with an adult.