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Cormorant City

Cormorant City
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma AF 100-300/f4.0 EX APO, B+W 82mm UV-HAZE
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-05 12:59
Viewed: 4004
Points: 47
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know this is not a stunning picture, but I wanted to show it anyway. In my recent Cormorant portrait-post HERE, I told you that there are loads and loads of Cormorants living very close to my house, near the biggest freshwaterlake in NL; the IJssellake. This picture shows you (part) of the colony near to my house in the city of Enkhuizen.

The outerdike breedingcolony is called "De Ven", but I baptised it "Cormorant City". Thousands and thousands of Cormorants breed here in May. They breed close to and on the ground and that's seen almost nowhere else. Nesting so close to and on the ground is of course dangerous as predators can easily kill the young birds. Why the Cormorants chose this place and do breed on the ground remains to be a mystery.

Last year 5.400 pair of Cormorants nested here and that makes it the largest Cormorant population of the entire Netherlands! Unfortunately something went wrong with the second draft of chicks; there was not enough food in the IJssellake and a large part of those chicks died. That is why the population is a little less big this year, but still thousands and thousands of Cormorants can be seen here. The smell is terrible and the noise the birds produce can be deafening, but it's a fantastic sight. Let's hope all will go right this year.
Hit me where it hurts! Seriously; write what you think. I can use the lesson and I can really take the criticism. Your criticism is highly appreciated. Thank you!

Shutter Speed: 1/500
F-stop: f/5.0
Focal length: 300mm
Tripod: no
Flash: no

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-05-05 13:49]

What a fine composition... Colors and sharpnes is very fine too...TFS...Ina...

Nice capture Pieter of this crowed scene. If It were mine I would be tempted to add a little warm tone, I think the compo here is fine, good work.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-05 15:24]

Hi Pieter, it doesn't need to be a stunning picture.
Your picture gives a very important information of a cormarant breeding site. I've never saw such a seen. I love it very much.
Thank you for sharing.

Nice shot Pieter,
Well composed, it does seem to be a very busy City!
The one on top of the tree looks like he's giving his leaders speech!
Thanks for posting

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-05 22:55]

Pieter, I do think it's a very nice photo.

I think these birds are very beautiful, and you did great here.

There's a place here in my town where they can be found, but my lens is not good enough to capture them like I would like to.

Very nice shot Pieter!
I liked the composition very much.DOF and details are also perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Well, it's maybe not stunning, but still good enough. It gives the idea of how the colony looks like.
In Poland Cormorants were under protection and they still are, but now there is so much of them here, that they are a kind of pest. Fishermans have planty problems with them, cause the make big damages in their fish ponds. Now there is "war" here between "nature lovers" and fishermans.
It is very interesting post.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-06 4:39]

Very busy area Pieter!
İt's very nice shot and I liked the composition very much.TFS...:-)

Wow, your not wrong. So many Cormorants and not enough trees! Very interesting capture. I've never seen so many in one place. Your POV is fantastic. Well done on bringing us this mini city. Thanks

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-06 5:13]

Hello Pieter! What a busy little city. They look like they are lining up waiting for their turn on the tree. It is quite comical! I was thinking about the smell and noise when I came to your last paragraph - yes, it must be 'high' at times. This is a great interest shot, and I'm pleased you posted it.
Thanks for sharing.

It's a great scene Pieter - Good title..Thanx for this WA view of your newly babtised "city". TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-06 7:40]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique pour ces cormorans sur les nids. Il est intéressant de voir leur habitat.
Very Well Done !

Interesting picture and note, Pieter.
Well composed and details.
Very well done.

Very interesting post, good POV and framing.
Well done.

A stunning capture, incredibly informative. I never realised they nested in such huge numbers.
Luckily we can only 'see' them, I'm glad we can't smell them too ....
Thanks for posting.

It is good to show this perspective. Quite a large colony. Excellent Job!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-07 10:13]

The city of Cormorant. Eventually, as you are finding out, whatever is in that lake, will be depleted. Believe me. The smell, hahaha, yep, O, what about the poop, and yes, those trees, dying yet, they will.

I wonder how long before people will tolerate these pests.?

O.k. now about the posting, it's not that bad, it shows the colony and how many there are, I would keep this on file for future evidence. Ooops, off track. The camera picked their details from far off, well done.
Excelent work.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-07 16:34]

Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: great.
Thank you very much Pieter. Fisrt time I see this. Very interesting photo.

Hi Pieter

You're right, it's not stunning, but it is eye-catching. I think I might have experimented with a more close-up composition of the 3 branches and the horizon, maybe a portrait picture instead of landscape. Obviously you wanted to capture the other cormorants in the photo but the centre is the most interesting and that's what you should concentrate on. I'd try a workshop but the image would be too small.

very exiting time.Must be close nest and right sides groups photos was so good.Cong.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-11 4:04]

To me, that is a stunning photo, Pieter. I can't believe how many cormorants you have captured in that one shot, and all those nests are fantastic. That is a very special photo that is a great picture of a very special habitat. You are so lucky to live so close to it. TFS. : )

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-20 18:10]

Hi Pieter,
Great shot!
I like this photo showing not only the bird, also its living environment.
Excellent composition!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-08 15:58]

Hello Pieter, thank you for this very interesting note, i like your photo and composition. Colours & contrast are excellent.


I have missed this one, until today, Pieter.

A treasure to be sure, how wonderful that these birds are so well established and so many for you to capture. And you have done so quite beautifully in this shot.

Excellent job, thank you for sharing it.

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