Bye Bye Baby!

Our great OWCN staff at International Bird Rescue released “the baby” this week with great fanfare (not to mention a lifeguard escort). Because few of us here in San Pedro had experience with fledgling cormorants, the baby provided both entertainment (those adorable squeaky sounds!) and education. We consulted with folks who have more experience with cormies at this age, so we all learned a little something.

The baby Brandt’s went from a fluffy puffball to a sleek, streamlined cormorant in the weeks he’s been with us, but that hasn’t stopped us from continuing to refer to him as a baby. I guess it is always hard to admit it when your baby grows up!

Kelly got some fantastic photos of his release, which as I mentioned included a boat escort by the Cabrillo Beach lifeguards so he could be released out on the water. A big shout-out to the lifeguards for helping to get this guy home!

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Here he was as a fluffy baby.

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Here he is heading out of the carrier.

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Here he is getting ready to take the big plunge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And here he is in the water!

Christine

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