For those of you who were longing to see hundreds of King Cormorants (Phalacrocorax atriceps) today, this is for you. You’re welcome.
This shot was taken on a boat journey to Bernard O’Higgins National Park in the southern reaches of Chilean Patagonia, not far from Puerto Natales, that city that is the chief launching point for trekkers heading to Torres del Paine National Park, among South America’s most popular parks.
About two hours into the voyage across Last Hope Sound, or Suena Ultima Esperanza, we passed this colony of several hundred King Cormorants (aka Imperial Shags) who return to this rocky point every year to breed.
What makes this colony unique is that most King Cormorant colonies are generally small, and rarely number into the hundreds like this one.