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Floating Cormorant

Floating Cormorant
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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-16 16:03
Viewed: 4084
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo

Usually they are coming with their gang, but this one was taking a break from his group to have a peacefull afternoon rest in the water...
As you see from the picture details I had very bad light for this picture, but I think that I got a descent result, I hope you will like it.

Descriptive notes.

35 cm; 400 g, wingspan 90 cm.
Similar to P. puffinus but upperparts paler, less clearly demarcated from pale underparts,with brownish wash, especially on flanks and undertail coverts, in flight feet project beyond shorter tail.
Race mauretanicus larger and often darker below.


Marine, generally occurs in cold offshore and pelagic waters.
Breeds on slopes, often covered with dense vegetation, mainly near sea but also inland, up to 1500 m above sea-level.

Food and Feeding

Mainly small shoaling fish and squid.
Feeds mainy by pursuit plungig and pursuit diving.
Forms large feeding flocks. Attends trawlers.
Starts Jan mauretanicus,in Feb yelkouan.
Colonial nesting, in rock crevices or caves.
1 egg, incubation 50 days, chick has slaty grey down, paler underneath.


Migratory diurnal and nocturnal; race yelkouan. moves into Black Sea and disperses around Mediterranean. Race mauretanicus, tends to leave Mediterranean moves to the North Sea, but some birds move to S Africa.

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Hello Elroyie,

Really a great capture. Very sharp and full of details in the plumage. The colours look excellent and very natural - especially the yellow marks on the beak and arround the eye. The background is well blurred though without loosing it. Very nice composition (personally I would prefer the bird a little more to the left but that is a minor and personally mater). All over a very nice picture to look at and I really like the attitude - the Cormorant looks very curious.

Hello David,
Mogens sayd everithing.

A Great capture.


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-03-17 5:40]

Hi David,

I like your capture. Intelligent pose of this cormorant.
Natural colors.


Hello Elroyie!
This is a very nice capture. Excellent colours/lighting and very good sharp details. Composition and POV/DoF are great also. This is a great composition. Very well done. Thank you for posting. Have a great weekend.

Hi Elroyie, this is beautiful. Great technique: sharp, well-exposed and well composed. I agree with Mogens about the light and colours, they do look very natural. I also like your low POV, it makes for a much more intimate portrait. Very nicely done :)

Hello Elroyie,

Graet photo, Great colors, DOF, A graet capture photo, TFS, Kyle

Excellent capture of this cormorant! I like the colors and atmosphere in this picture. Great details and sharpness. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Elroyie

Wonderful details in this shot. Crisp, clear and sharp. Nicely composed with good POV. Lovely reflection too. :-)

Hello Elroyie,
Very nicely exposed, with sharp detail and great light. Composed well, great POV and pose, with the reflection a big plus..
Again, Very well done.

Hi Elroyie,

Perfection at its finest. You dont get better than this. Am I right or am I right? Your choice, no hurry. ;)

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