Brandt's Cormorant ~ This cormorant was perched on the cliffs above La Jolla Cove. It was one of many, flying off the cliffs, courting, nesting. It has beautiful-turquoise blue eyes, and has yellow and blue patches on the neck. This one has little white breeding plumes.
Black Skimmer ~ This bird looks strange, but is fun to watch. They tend to flock together, and when they feed, they fly low to the water, "skimming" the surface with that extra long lower beak.
Black Skimmers Gossiping ~ This is just a small portion of the whole skimmer flock I was photographing in San Diego. I liked this one for the interaction between the birds. Looked like a good old-fashioned gossip-fest to me.