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Copyright: Murali Santhanam (smurali) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-07 12:31
Viewed: 2940
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Attaching picture of a Cormorant drying its wings with another Cormorant looking on. It is a common site to find Cormorants spreading the wings for drying because their wings are not water-proofed. This is unusual for a water bird with webbed feet that will dive into the water to fish. Because of this they also have a very characteristic take off from water. They beat their wet wings heavily to get momentum as well to shake the water out of their wings and at the same time use their feet push themselves out of water. This results in several hops on the surface of the water before they actually start flying.

This picture was taken at Karanji lake near Mysore where Cormorants were abundant.

Murali Santhanam

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-03-07 13:21]

Hi Murali,
typical of these guys to dry their wings in the Sun,
you have a nice image with these two in a different pose for you,
good details and composition,
Cheers :D

Hi, Murali,
Nice picture. I think this also called as Indian Shag?

Hello Murali
Very nice shot of these Cormorants,
Great moment to shoot,I think you lost
the contrast left bottom of shot(stones).


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-03-07 21:35]

Hello Murali,
Good pose. you have captured a good moment with one sun worshipping and the other looking on. Good details and composition. And thanks for the note too. i've also seen this bird standing in the sun with wings spread, but never realised their wings are not water proof.Tfs ,

Dear Murali, Nice picture, well captured details. Next time we should try getting more closer to them and get the details on their face ! They have a nice curious look !

with best regards.vab.
V Amar Bhaskar

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