Love is in the air with these two Brandt's cormorants

May 6, 2015, 1 p.m.

When it comes to Brandt's cormorants, it is a team effort to build a nest. But the one in charge of finding the perfect site and gathering materials is the male.

Usually the male selects a location either on flat ground or a steep cliff, and displays there, warding off other males from his carefully selected spot until a female is drawn in. Then, it is up to him to forage for seaweed, eelgrass, algae, weeds, moss and even materials snatched from other nests.

The female carefully arranges the goods until a nest is formed, and it is here that they will incubate and raise their chicks for the season. Pairs might even return to the same nest every year, adding to it and repairing it as needed.

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