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Black Shag

Black Shag
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-09 8:16
Viewed: 4697
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

he Great Cormorant is a large black bird, but there is a wide variation in size in the species wide range. Weight is reported from 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) to 5.3 kg (11.7 lbs), with a typical range from 2.6 to 3.7 kg (5.7-8.2 lbs). Length can vary from 70 to 102 cm (28-40 in) and wingspan from 121 to 160 cm (48-63 in). It has a longish tail and yellow throat-patch.
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 British waters, dive times of 20-30 seconds are common, with a recovery time on the surface around a third of the dive time.

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


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-09 8:18]

Hello Jane,
Wonderfull image and great composition, i like the colours & details the sharpness & depht on field are excellent, you did a great capture!

Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jane, beautiful cormorant in great pose with fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Jane,
a nice picture of this pest, at least up here, they has arrived now and it was more than 500 who was fishing and more will come.
A nice composition with wings spread for drying.
Good sharpness with lots of details and good exposure.
Well done.

Glad Pċsk

Hi Sis, a wonderful capture of this prety heron with lovely pose with neat details.
TFS and cheers,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-09 11:38]

Hi Jane. A very clear well detail picture of this Great Cormorant. This is a typical pose with the bird drying its wings. Which lets us see the feather markings. You have captured natural colours. Against the bright blue sea. well
done TFS.

Have a nice Easter.

hello Jane
great composition
super details of the bird
nice colours
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-09 12:44]

Hello Jane,
Beautiful photo of a Cormorant in its typical pose. Very nice sharp details and natural colours. Good POV, DOF and composition.

Hello Jane,
a nice picture of this Great Cormorant taken with a very good sharpness and beautiful natural colours in its typical pose, pleasant composition, well done.
Best regards

hello Jane

what a excellent photo of the Great Cormorant,
and i would say with his characteristic pose,
very fine POV, DOF and framing, a beautiful light
comming on the dark plumage, great sharpness
and details of the plumage, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-09 16:10]

Hi Jane,no better moment to capture this cormoran,whit the open wings is very georgeous! Great quality of sharpness and colors..and i like a lot the blue of water as background.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-04-09 21:51]

Hello Jane, lovely shot of this black shag with excellent details.
TFS and G's,

Hello Jane,

I saw one of these for the first time a couple of weeks ago up at Hervey Bay, wonderful image. You can really see the detail in the plumage, really well framed and composed, t.f.s

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-04-10 3:49]

Merhaba Jane,
çok güzel bir çekim, Great Cormorant kanatlarını havalandırıyor herhalde.
Tebrik ederim.

Hello Jane, wonderful shot of this lovely cormorant with wonderful composition.
TFS and greetings,

Hello Jane, splendid one. All are wonderful. But i like especially opened wings.
TFS and regards,

Hi Jane,

in the Netherlands we have plenty from these birds.
I don't know if it the same specie are?
Very good pov and in his natural pose, drying his wings.
Fine colours.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-19 5:27]

Hi Jane,
The rear wings of birds has always interested me ...
super picture, great colours with good details and nice composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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