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Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant
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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
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-29 2:04
Viewed: 2851
Points: 56
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another shot from Sunday's trip to Stocker's lake.
This guy kept diving under-water in search of a meal but we could still see where he was from the trail of bubbles that he left! :)
He came really close and I was almost able to get a head-shot thanks to Necip's awesome lens: Sigma 50-500mm APO EX DG HSM!

I hope you like this one!

The Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), known as the Great Black Cormorant across the Northern Hemisphere, the Black Cormorant in Australia and the Black Shag further south in New Zealand, is a widespread member of the cormorant family of seabirds. It breeds in much of the Old World and the Atlantic coast of North America.

The Great Cormorant is a large black bird, 77-94 cm in length with a 121-149 cm wingspan. It has a longish tail and yellow throat-patch. Adults have white thigh patches in the breeding season. In European waters it can be distinguished from the Common Shag by its larger size, heavier build, thicker bill, lack of a crest and plumage without any green tinge.

In eastern North America, it is similarly larger and bulkier than Double-crested Cormorant, and the latter species has more yellow on the throat and bill.

This is a very common and widespread bird species. It feeds on the sea, in estuaries, and on freshwater lakes and rivers. Northern birds migrate south and winter along any coast that is well-supplied with fish.

The type subspecies, P. c. carbo, is found mainly in Atlantic waters and nearby inland areas: on western European coasts and south to North Africa, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland; and on the eastern seaboard of North America, though in America it breeds only in the north of its range, in the Canadian maritime provinces.
The subspecies found in Australasian waters, P. carbo novaehollandiae, has a crest. In New Zealand it is known as the Black Shag or by its Māori name; Kawau

The 80-100 cm long White-breasted Cormorant P. c. lucidus found in sub-Saharan Africa, has a white neck and breast. It is often treated as a full species, Phalacrocorax lucidus.

In addition to the Australasian and African forms, Phalacrocorax carbo novaehollandiae and P. carbo lucidus mentioned above, other geographically distinct subspecies are recognised, including P. c. sinensis (western Europe to east Asia), P. c. maroccanus (north-western Africa), and P. c. hannedae (Japan).

The Great Cormorant breeds mainly on coasts, nesting on cliffs or in trees (which are eventually killed by the droppings), but also increasingly inland. 3-4 eggs are laid in a nest of seaweed or twigs.

The Great Cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but often feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. A wide variety of fish are taken: cormorants are often noticed eating eels, but this may reflect the considerable time taken to subdue an eel and position it for swallowing, rather than any dominance of eels in the diet. In UK waters, dive times of 20-30 seconds are common, with a recovery time on the surface around a third of dive time.

The Great Cormorant is one of the few birds which can move its eyes, which assists in hunting.

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Hi Joe
Nice shot of this good looking bird with good details and colours.
Well done.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-29 2:17]

Hello Joe,
Excellent close-up!
Very good details, excellent sharpness!

Belle réalisation bien éclairée et dont les couleurs ressortent bien.
Bonne journée.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-29 2:39]

Woow Joey,this portrait is impressive,the details are incredibly full of sharpness,great great work,thanks for the note too,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Joe,
Excellent close-up shot of this Great Black Cormorant, detail is superb with good lighting, nice work, Cheers Rick :)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-29 3:01]

Hi Joe

Great close-up - you got the eye really well. The water droplets on the back have also come out really well.

Nice of Necipp to let you use his lense.


Impresionante Joe, y con una excelente luz.

Wow, Necip allowed you use his big lens, Joe!
You have used it quite professionally.
The head shot of this Cormorant is superb.
The focus on the eye is remarkable.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Joe,
Your present post is as spectacular as the former one on P. carbo, TFS.

Another Kewl shot Joey...The Cormorant makes a vague attempt to look like a strange bird, but never is quite successful. It does however have some fine feathering which you gives us a clear glimpse of....and of course the mighty proud profile which it was pleased to sow off...nicely done.

Good one Joe! Great colors and detail, Good PP.
Cheers, Klaus

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-29 6:08]

Hello Joe,
What a superb close-up of this Cormorant in beautiful light that has brought out the colours very nicely and I love the sharp focus on the beautiful green eye. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-29 6:42]
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Hi Joe,

A nice one,I suppose it is the same bird as necips last upload,I think this is quite usefull to see the difference with the use of lenses,I like the fact that you could come that close to it,the colors and details are superb.thanks for sharing this upload,


Hello Joey,
Nice shot and head details of this nice bird. TFS friend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-29 8:37]

Hi Joe,

You do a good job with that lens! Beautiful shot of the Cormorant with excellent colors and fine details. The eye and beak are wonderful. I love the water droplets on his body.


Hello Joe,
You done it again on this perfect close up shot of Cormorant!
Excellent sharpness, beautiful colouration and details to view and enjoy
also the informative notes
many thanks

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-29 10:42]

Thanks again Joey, you show us a close-up of a bird with great details and superb light. I love the droplets on its back, the colours are so nice. Thank you!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-29 13:01]

Hola Joe,
interesante retrato y hermosos detalles...
buen pov,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-29 14:30]

Hello Joe ! What a fantastic portrait of the Cormorant, I love the green eye ! Sharp and well exposed, good composition and very good colors. Thanks !


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-01-29 22:19]

Helllo my Friend,
Wow ! I discover Joe with an impressive material in hands ;-) And the result is also great. You offer us a superb portrait with good details !
You are more lucky than me, last mounth I saw a Cormorant on my lake but I had only my bicycle and no camera, I returned the following day with my Fuji but no Cormorant :-(
Congratulations Joe and TFS,

Hi Joe,
Nice POV and closeup composition with great color, DOF, and sharp details. The eye cormorants eyes look very good up close, and the water droplets on it's backside add a nice touch :)
Well done,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-30 8:10]

Hello Joe,
A portrait with excellent sharpness and details. Perfect focus on the eye. Beautiful clear light and colours. Very good POV, DOF and composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-30 10:00]

Hi . just got home late again from work so just a quick word to say good picture TFS.

Hi JOe,
Magnifique close-up, quels beaux détails et belles couleurs, ces oiseaux ne sont pas facile à prendre.

Hi Joe,

i missed this Great shot aswell as i dit with necip's shot of this Beauty
Perfect compo with good sharpnes, fine details and lovely colors

TFS Thijs

Great portrait. Good details. I like the way the water is disturbed by the forward motion of the bird...you captured the movement this way. Good stuff!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-01 21:14]

Hello Joe,
Their eyes always amaze me and this superb image shows them along with its' plumage with amazing sharpness and color. Thank you for this outstanding image.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-02 13:56]

Hi Joe

It sounds like this lake is a wonderful place. I have only seen cormorants at a distance but I love the way they look. The green eye is amazing. Perfect exposure and spot on focus. Nice work



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