(CRAIG WELCH The Seattle Times/AP)
January 26, 2014
Photos by STEVE RINGMAN/The Seattle Times
Cormorants have invaded East Sand Island in the Columbia River near Chinook, which was intended to be the home of a relocated colony of Caspian terns to protect threatened fish. Instead, the terns are under attack while the cormorants, according to a biologist, are ìeating our lunch.î
Thousands of these double-crested cormorants have settled on East Sand Island near Chinook, Wash. in the Columbia River, helping to turn what was supposed to be a peaceful home to a large, relocated colony of Caspian terns into a salmon-gobbling war zone of sorts in the battle to protect threatened fish. Photographed on August 12, 2011. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Steve Ringman) SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT
Biologist Adam Peck-Richardson peeks from a bird blind Aug. 12 to watch the cormorants on East Sand Island near Chinook. ìItís going to get pretty loud,î he said just before ducking into it.