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white breasted cormorant

white breasted cormorant
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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 55 - 300mm Zoom, UV filters
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-09 16:38
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Hello fellow members,
white breasted cormorant

The White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus) is a member of the cormorant family Phalacrocoracidae. It is sometimes treated as a subspecies of the Great Cormorant, in which case it is referred to as Phalacrocorax carbo lucidus. However some authorities (e.g. Sibley & Monroe, 1990, Sinclair, Hockey and Tarboton, 2002) retain its original treatment as an allospecies in the P. carbo superspecific group, in which case it is referred to as Phalacrocorax lucidus. A black-necked form originally classified as Phalacrocorax patricki or Phalacrocorax carbo patricki is now regarded as synonymous with this taxon.

The White-breasted Cormorant is the only form of Great Cormorant found in sub-Saharan Africa. It has a wide distribution; on the west coast from the Cape Verde Islands to Guinea-Bissau and from Angola to the Cape of Good Hope and northwards on the east coast to Mozambique. There are also inland populations in Nigeria and around Lake Chad, and in east and southern Africa from Sudan southwards. It can be found around the Red Sea, where it is sometimes referred to as the Red Sea White-Breasted Cormorant.
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Hello Paul,
great in-flight capture of this African Darter with excellent sharpness and beautiful colours. Very good light on the plumage so that we can count each feather.
Best wishes,

very good shot, the right time, technical attributed great!
regards Nasos

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-11-09 18:53]

Hello Neighbor,
Great inflight capture of this White Breasted Cormorant. The detail in it's plumage is superb and the exposure is perfect. Beautiful natural coloration and excellent stop action due to your choice of a 1/2000 shuter speed. Well done!!

Hi Paul,
great shot! Really good in-flight capture. Lovely details and very good qulaity, well done.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-09 19:57]

Hi Paul,
Perfect capture of flying Cormorant.Composition, colours and details are very good.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-11-09 21:00]

Hi Paul.
Amazing in-flight bird picture. Timing and pictured moment are superb as well as sharpness and details of the cormorant and some blurriness of the impressive surroundings. Well done and TFS.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-11-09 21:44]

Hi Paul,
Excellent photo, very interesting presentation of this species, TFS! Like a young Pha carbo.....
Regards Joska

very good timing in your picture Paul, congratulations ! As result you present on TN a very nice photo with perfect focus upon whole subject and nice details, wonderful colors and light,the composition ... the piece of wood... perhaps better without, however your picture is really good,

have a nice day,

ciao, tino

Perfect capture in a beautiful pose. Excellent detail, good focus and nice light. regards yiannis

Great shot.
excellent timing.

Hi Paul,

time passes, but the habit for good photos doesn't change!Very beautiful, dynamic composition, subject sharp and well standing out from the BG.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-10 2:23]

Hello Pauly,
Excellent photo of his White-breasted Cormorant in flight. Fantastic sharpness and details in beautiful natural colours. Good DOF and composition.

Great photo Pauly! Perfect timing, excellent composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-10 4:04]

Hello Paul,
A fine in-flight capture of the White-breasted Cormorant. Ilike the lateral POV taken with fine timing, sharpness and natural colours against a contrasting OOF water BG.
Thanks and best regards,

Bonjour Pauly,
Excellente coordination de la vitesse et de la profondeur de champ, sous une belle lumière, permettant d'apprécier le sujet dans une superbe attitude.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-11-10 7:39]

Hello Paul,
I've never seen such a brilliant close shot of a Cormorant in flight! Fantastic light and colours and I love the way it stands out from the background. Excellent work!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Pauly,
amazing photo of this bird in flying. Great point of view. Excellent colours. Perfect sharpness and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Paul,
Fantastic in-flight capture with superb sharpness/detail, clear colours and a great OOF BG. Well done my friend. Enjoy the evening and welcome back.
Best regards,

Hallo Pauly
Super shot, great detail and clarity. I like the composition and point of view. Colours are beautiful and the setting as a whole very pleasant. Maybe one day I will be able to master the art of photographing birds in flight. Until then, I have to wait for them to sit still. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-10 10:57]

Hello Paul.
The White-breasted Cormorant in flight is impressive. The photo is clear and precise. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the bird. The subject is well framed.Best regards Siggi

hello Paul
great sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Pauly,
Nice in flight shot taken with excellent sharpness and great details. I also like the colours and composition. Well done!

Ciao Paul, splendid cormorant in fantastic fly, fine details, perfect focus, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-10 15:43]

Hi Paul,spectacular capture of this in-flight cormorant,the sharpness is wonderfull for the best total details,magnificent and professional work,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hi Paul,

Spectacular picture of this cormorant with great details & sharpness. You'd freezed the bird perfectly.
Great work done & TFS.

Hi Paul,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the White-breasted Cormorant. The quality of the light is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-11 13:57]

Wonderful image of this cormorant, Paul!!
Great sharpness, detail and light. Excellent POV and time taken; splendid colours and very nice background. Very well done!!

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