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|These Little Pied Cormorants were drying their wings together on a dead branch at Shoal Bay. They almost appeared to be performing some special calisthenics together. You will often see these birds doing this type of activity by the side of the water.|
The Little Pied Cormorant is one of the most common of Australia's waterbirds, occurring on water bodies of almost any size. It is entirely black above and white below. The face is dusky and, in adult birds, the white of the underside extends to above the eye.
It mixes readily with the similar sized Little Black Cormorant,
They feed on a wide variety of aquatic animals, from insects to fish.
Little Pied Cormorants breed either in colonies or, less commonly, in single pairs. The nest is a flat platform of sticks, lined with green leaves and is usually placed in a tree. Both adults share in egg incubation and care of the three or four young.
The word "calisthenics" comes from the Greek words 'kallos' for beauty and 'thenos' for strength.
It is a type of exercise consisting of a variety of simple movements usually performed without weights or other equipment that are intended to increase body strength and flexibility using the weight of one's own body for resistance.
In Australia, calisthenics is a widely practiced team and individual sport and art form and is recognized as a fun and healthy way to keep fit for girls of all ages. It is a uniquely Australian sport that requires discipline of mind and body, teamwork, a competitive spirit and a sense of responsibility.
Post processing included noise reduction, some cropping to get rid of extraneous branches, some shadow reduction and sharpening for this post.
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- [2006-11-20 22:11]
Post processing included noise reduction, some cropping to get rid of extraneous branches, some shadow reduction and sharpening for this post was well done.
- [2006-12-09 18:37]
Hi John. I like the presentation of this very much. You caught some good action with the bird drying his wings into the sun. Port Stephens is certainly one of the nicest part of all Austalia. Good work. PS I admire the D80 in the shops. If this is a regular shot, it is worth every penny. The sky colour is also good, so many of mine go white! Very frustrating. Murray.
A fine composition with two attractive birds in interesting poses!
If you didn't tell I would not know they were drying the wings...
A nice image of the cormorants, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.