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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 50-500mm APO EX DG HSM, Digital ISO-400
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-16 3:41
Viewed: 3430
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a shot from my first meet with Necip at Stocker's Lake. I used his Sigma 50-500mm to take this.

I hope you like it!

Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo

Cormorants and shags (Phalacrocoracidae)

A large and conspicuous waterbird, the cormorant has an almost primitive appearance with its long neck making it appear almost reptilian. It is often seen standing with its wings held out to dry. Regarded by some as black, sinister and greedy, cormorants are supreme fishers which can bring them into conflict with anglers and they have been persecuted in the past. The UK holds internationally important wintering numbers and with its breeding concentrations at a few sites it is an Amber List species.

Where to see them
Found around the UK coastline on rocky shores, coastal lagoons and estuaries, it is increasingly being seen inland at reservoirs, lakes and gravel pits.
When to see them
All year round.

What they eat

jaycee, siggi, marhowie, Tamrock, cataclysta, horia, uleko, Dis. Ac. has marked this note useful
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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-16 6:38]

Hello Joe
This is an excellent portrait. Very sharp details and natural colors.

hello Joe
great picture
i love the very sharpnes details
great colours of the eye
greeting lou

beautiful composition with superb details ,
very good sharp and perfect natural light ,
great POV ,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-16 9:36]

merhaba joe
wonderful capture and great portrait photo of this cute cormorant
i like POV, light, colours, sharpness and details

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-16 10:02]

Hi Joe,

How is Necip? Please say hi for me next time you are in touch with him. No surprise that you did so well with his lens. A beautiful portrait of this Cormorant with the gorgeous turquoise eye. Colors and details of the eye, beak, and wet feathers are wonderful. I love the composition.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-16 10:04]

Hello Joe,
Nice portrait of that Cormorant.Good POV and sharp image.Details are good and the colors of your BG match well whit the colors of your subject.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-02-16 11:26]

Hi Joe,
excellent close portrait, well framed with superb detail,
a nice reflection in that emerald eye too.

ciao Joe!
excellent close with the beauty eye color emerald...well managed

best sERGIO

AWesome shot Joe!
Perfect exposure,detail and colour.
Great portrait!
Cheers & TFS

Nice portrait shot Joe, it's a great POV & well composed.
I especially like the wake at the base of the birds neck, it adds nicely :)
Well done!

hi joe!
A very good portrait with real
good sharpness and fina composition!
very nice!

Hi Joe
Great green eye ;-) Good contrast, nice composition, perfect sharpness. I am wondering about very little higlights reduction here (white fethers on head)

nice close up, I like the torquize eye, TFS Ori

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-02-18 6:37]

Hi Joe

A nice photo that reminds both you and us of that great day out with Necip.
Such photos, very high value, have been a common in his gallery here and are now part of yours...you've learned a few tricks from him and progressed a lot, too! My compliments!
Very nice details, gorgeous light on the head of the cormorant and lovely colors everywhere.
Perhaps i would have cropped out the bottom part to leave only the neck and head with only smooth water behind...but that a subjective thing :)
Anyway, great work, mate!

Bravo and TFS

PS: By the way, is Necip still interested in joining us in Poland?

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-18 11:08]

Hello Joe,
Lovely portrait of a Cormorant with great focus on the lovely green eye. Excellent details and fine colours. Nicely framed too!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Joe,

Nice close up from this bird.
Beautiful colours, dof and dof.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-02-22 9:40]

hi Joe,
very nice shot, i like green eye in the blue BG. Great details.


Una buena captura Joe, sobre todo por la dificultad de acercarse a estas aves. Los colores son muy fieles a la realidad y toda la parte de la cabeza está muy bien captada.
Aquí ya tenemos en el rio varias colonias de estas aves que por cierto hacen bastante daño a la fauna autóctona.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

hello Joe
this is one splendid close-up
marvellously photo
I wish you come in the lake Kerkini in Greece(a splendid water biotope with thousands cormorants carbo and pygmeus)
best regards

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