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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 80-210mm, @ ISO 50, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/360 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the World, BIRDS OF AMERICA, Grooming [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-03 21:01
Viewed: 4047
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Identification Tips:

* Length: 27 inches Wingspan: 50 inches
* Sexes similar
* Large, dark waterbird with a long, hooked bill and long tail
* Long, thin neck
* Gular area squared off and orange, extending straight down across throat
* Orange lores
* Often perches with wings spread to dry them


* Entirely black plumage
* Small white plumes on head during breeding season


* Pale throat and chest darkening below to dark belly; some individuals are entirely pale underneath
* Brownish back and upperwings

Similar species:

Loons are similar on the water, but lack hooked bills. Anhinga has a long, pointed bill and a much longer tail. All adult cormorant species in the U.S. are separable by the shape and color of the gular areas. No other species has orange lores and gular region that does not form a point at the gape. Neotropical Cormorant can be similar but is slimmer and longer-tailed, and has a differently shaped gular area. Great Cormorant is also similar but has a yellowish, pointed gular area surrounded with white as an adult. Immatures are dark-chested and pale bellied, unlike Double-crested.

Source: Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter

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  • Great 
  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2006-06-04 2:41]

Zdravo Michal!
Choice,compo,sharpnes and colours are excellent.
Congrats and thanks.
With best wishes

witaj ja tez sie ciesze ze jestes tutaj;-)) Czy masz swoje fotki na plfoto czy na interklasie?? Pozdrawiam i masz super zdjecia!!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-04 9:00]

Hello Michal,
nice capture and great grroming pose. Excellent details and great sharpness. I like the crop and framing.
I hope you don't mind me adding this shot to the grooming theme.

Interesting comp. Michal
Very nice color, detail, and exposure..
Especially luv that eye this close :)
Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-04 15:37]

Czesc Michale!
Tym razem widze wycieczke w strone bardziej artystycznej fotografii :-) Przepiekne, kolorowe kontrasty i kadrowanie. Jak te kormorany to robia, ze maja takie szmaragdowe oczy :-)? Moze wiesz cos na ten temat? Tak czy inaczej - ekstremalnie dobre zdjecie!

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-06-04 20:31]

Hi Michal, excellent sharp photo and composition, Juan

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-05 0:45]

Interesting presentation of this cormorant, Michal.
Very artistic.
Sharp details and lovely color contrast with the bright yellow beak and green eyes against the rich brown.
Maybe a bit oversharpened, as I see tiny little white spots on the plumage.
TFS. : )

Hi Michal. I love the unusual pose and composition you have chosen for this shot. It is beautifully sharp and well exposed, the colours and light are great. Fantastic detail too. Beautifully captured, well done :)

Hello Michal,
An excellent portrait with a nice close up. The details are amazing, specially the green emerald eye.
Thanks for sharing

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2006-06-06 17:34]

Hello Michal,
glad to see you here!
Nice pose, and amazing emerald and orange against dark BG. So dynamical and expressive.
Best wishes from warm Ukraine. What about the weather in Poland?

Wonderful shot, Michael!
Great compo, sharpness, details and colors!

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