While most birds fly south for the winter, the brants are hearty enough to move in. It is difficult to imagine anything choosing to spend the coldest months of the year sitting in the water off Cape Cod, but brants are abundant now, especially at the end of West Dennis Beach in West Dennis where the breakwater makes way for the boats.
It's rather marshy at low tide at this remote stretch of sand and dune. Brants favor eel grass and I can only assume they're finding it here because as soon as I arrive to walk my dogs I see dozens of the beautiful, formally dressed brants. Everything looks a little more respectable in black and white and the brants wear their tuxedos with style.
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, brant's on the east coast wear different colors than their brethren of the Pacific. The Atlantic brants have light gray bellies with white tails while the Pacific Coast geese have black bellies. At one time scientists thought they were a separate species.
I shot a little video at the beach today. It's 35 seconds of brants and breaking surf at the shore and a random gull too. It's rather peaceful. I hope you like it.