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Reed cormorant

Reed cormorant
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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma DG 150-500 mm APO HSM OS
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-26 19:45
Viewed: 2522
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photo taken at the Marievale Bird Sanctuary near Nigel.

The Reed Cormorant (Microcarbo africanus), also known as the Long-tailed Cormorant, is a bird in the cormorant family Phalacrocoracidae. It breeds in much of Africa south of the Sahara, and Madagascar. It is resident but undertakes some seasonal movements.
This is a common and widespread species, and is not considered to be threatened. It breeds on freshwater wetlands or quiet coasts. Two to four eggs are laid in a nest in a tree or on the ground, normally hidden from view by long grass.
This is a small cormorant at 5055 cm length and an 85 cm wingspan. It is mainly black, glossed green, in the breeding season. The wing coverts are silvery. It has a longish tail, a short head crest and a red or yellow face patch. The bill is yellow.
Sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner, with a white belly. Some southern races retain the crest all year round.
The Reed Cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. It takes a wide variety of fish. It prefers small slow-moving fishes, and those with long and tapering shapes, such as mormyrids, catfishes, and cichlids. It will less frequently eat soles (which can be important in its diet locally), frogs, aquatic invertebrates, and small birds.

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Dear Peter greetings from India;
Truly Beautiful; amazing shot indeed. TFS. FRANCO

Hi Peter,
very nice portrait of this bird. Excellent point of view. Nice natural colours. Very good sharpness - many details.
Have a nice week,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-26 22:22]

Hello Peter,
A fine capture of this African Cormorant species. The pose and POV match well, are taken with fine sharpness and colours and the compositiion is just about right with the blurred natural BG showing it well.
Thanks and have a great week,

superb capture of this interesting cormorant Peter! The red eye illuminate the scene. Good depth of field and awesome colors all around . Superb pose of the bird and great composition too! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hi Peter,

Wow what a splendid capture of this fine Reed Cormorant here Peter, nice elegant pose that shows the bird off well, good exposure/white balance control that compliments these lovely colours, impressive detailed sharpness and i love the highlighted eye, good work and well done,
Best regards my friend and have a nice week,


Hello Peter,
Magnificent bird. Beautiful ugly. Fantastic portrait of a cormorant.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-06-27 1:16]

Hi Peter,
Good work!
Excellent capture Reed cormorant. Very nice details, colors and focus.
Best wishes,

Hi Peter.
Good photo of this bird excellent details.
Cheers Dave.

Hello Peter,
Very nice shot of this Reed cormorant, excellent sharpness details, lovely natural colours and very well exposure,
Thanks for sharing and have a great week,
Best Regards,

great sharpness. wonderful background. unique species. thanks for sharing.

I am not familiar with this bird. Beautiful photo and useful note. Our Kat River, where they did not occur before, has been invaded by catfish from the Orange River via the Orange-Fish tunnel and the Fish River (so they say) so that we could do with a good population of cormorants. The eye is a great focal point and the whole image very pleasant to view.

Hello Peter,
A fine close capture of this bird taken from a perfect POV with excellent sharpness and details. I also like the natural colours and OOF BG. Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-27 13:41]

Hello Peter,
Very beautiful photo of this Reed Cormorant in excellent sharpness and details. Very nice natural colours. The eye is eye catching.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-27 16:41]

Hello Peter !
Great shot, indeed! Amazing sharpness and elegant BG. TFS
Regards from,

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2011-06-27 17:52]

Hi Peter , good image of this Cormorant , nice fine detail well composed , that bright red eye sure grabs attention , nice job TFS & regards

Hi Peter,
What a wonderful over the shoulder pose from this Commorant. You have captured some very nice feather details. That red eye is fantastic. Our loons have that red eye, I think it has something to do with being able to see better under water. Well done.


A well composed pic that displayes good DOF, BG, colour, lighting, sharpness and clarity of image.
I like the sunlight position and your POV. I assume you were in a bird hide?

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