These Cormorants were at Kilkee Beach today. In the first photograph of two birds side by side, the left hand side bird is just coming into courtship plumage but the bird on the right has already reach full breeding plumage and is well defined.
Adult Great Cormorants with their white breeding path
Great Cormorant take off
Adult Great Cormorant displays its white breeding thigh patch
This Immature Great Cormorant will not get a white breeding patch till next year