Male Cormorant in Gargle Display
Cormorants nest in colonies and this was one of dozens of nesting cormorants at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Wildlife Center. This is a male in what is called a "Gargle" display. Thrusting his head and tail up on his nest he is attempting to attract a female with this display and a vocal grunting call. If the female chooses him they will go through a short courtship with dance and head rubbing. The male will then mount the female and fertilize her eggs.