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Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant
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Copyright: Colin McQueen (McQueenca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 11 N: 226] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-02-11 13:59
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Points: 28
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I have taken a few photos of the Little Black Cormorant. The operative word here is black. I have captured him on a bright sunny days wings spread, good colour but little detail in the plumage. I opted for the photo on an overcast day, less colour but I think I have shown the unique markings of this bird. So I offer two for the price of one. Hope you enjoy it as much as i enjoyed taking it. This photo was cropped.

Little Black Cormorant
Phalacrocorax sulcirostris

Most species of cormorants congregate in breeding colonies, but the Little Black Cormorant also regularly forms large flocks at other times. Foraging Little Black Cormorants may occur in flocks of hundreds or possibly thousands, which sometimes feed co-operatively. They have been recorded surrounding schools of fish in open water, and forming a line across marine inlets to catch fish washed out on ebbing tides. Flocks advance across the water’s surface, with birds flying ahead from the rear, alighting and diving in front of the feeding flock.


The Little Black Cormorant is a small, slim, totally black cormorant with a greenish sheen to the back and a slender grey hooked bill. In the breeding season, adults have fine white flecks on the head and neck and the green tinge becomes more bronze. This species congregates in larger flocks than other cormorants and flies in V-shaped formations.

Similar Species

The Little Black Cormorant is one of only two totally black cormorants in Australia, with the other being the much larger (70 cm - 90 cm) Great Cormorant, P. carbo, which has a yellow bill, face and throat and a white chin. The Great Cormorant also flies more often in long lines than in V-shaped formations.


The Little Black Cormorant is found throughout Australia, including Tasmania. It is also found from Borneo and Java, Indonesia, to Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Palua and New Zealand.


The Little Black Cormorant is mainly found in freshwater wetlands, but will sometimes be found on sheltered coastal waters, and can use relatively small, deep water bodies. It is strongly aquatic, seldom being seen on dry land, but is often seen resting on rocks, jetties and other perches in water.


The Little Black Cormorant feeds on fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects. It catches prey underwater, by diving and swimming using its large, fully webbed feet for propulsion. It has special nictitating membranes that cover and protect the eyes underwater. As their feathers are not waterproof, cormorants are regularly seen perched with their wings outstretched to dry after fishing.


The Little Black Cormorant nests colonially, often on the fringes of heron or ibis colonies, building large stick nests in the fork of a tree or on the ground. Both sexes share nest-building, incubation and feeding of the young.

Source: www.birdlife.org.au

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-11 14:23]

Hi Colin,very artstic way to take this couple,i like your very nice and professional solution in a terrible backlight,the result is nice and different,what a details too!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Colin,
Very interesting picture. The composition is perfect, the exposure too (I guess it wasn't easy with this terrific light). It's a great idea to emphasize this beautiful plumage.
When I saw your photo, I firstly thought it was a black & white one. When I realized my mistake, I thought then it would perhaps be interesting to transform this image in B&W! The contrast could thus be enhanced.
I tried that, I post the result in the workshop. Unfortunately, I have no longer any tool to work zone by zone, it's obviously possible to reach a better result. Take just this one as an idea.

Hello Colin
what a great cormorant species, with emerald eyes. Your shot also great, with sharp details and true exposure and composition. Black is hard to exposure, but you greatly managed. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Well done.

Hello Colin

Almost a black & white photo, LOL !
very beautiful scenery of these
Little Black Cormorant with fine POV
from the back to show the patterns
of their dark plumage, TFS


很漂亮的鳥 眼睛是藍色的
照的很清楚 角度也很棒
很有創意性 幾根樹枝

Hi Colin,
interesting photo of these birds. Nice point of view. Very good composition and presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Colin,
An outstanding composition of a coupe,excellent sharpness and details,blue eyes are clearly visible with a lovely expression.The rhythm of the forms within the frame is remarkable.
Tfs and my regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-12 1:47]

Hello Colin,
Excellent photo of these Little Black Cormorants. Nice colours, despite the difficult light conditions. Good sharpness, POV and a great composition.

Hello Colin,
No doubt,excellent picture.Very good timing of taking two birds picture in one frame.The distance between two birds helps to watch two birds total body clearly.If they were in same level we couldn't get this beautiful picture.We can see now their faces and eyes too.
Outstanding natural colour with sharpness.Well framed too with nice note.
Well done.thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-12 5:04]

Excellent image of this pair..so lovely mood captured well. tfs.

Ciao Colin.
Ti devo fare i miei complimenti per la difficile gestione della luce,sei riuscito ha tirar fuori il meglio,ottima la nitidezza con buoni dettagli,stupenda la composizione .
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Ciao Colin. Best compliments for the artistic taken. Excellent details perfect sharp.


Hi Colin,
Lovely picture , the details are good , the white BG is always a challenge to the camera's metering system and well as photographer , i see that you have done well here
Goutham R

wonderful picture, excellent details and lovely white background,
congrats Colin for the picture !

ciao, tino

Hello Colin,
great composition. captured the right moment of the posture of the great cormorant species.
good exposure in a difficult light condition.
best wishes,

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