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Soaring Magellanic cormorant

Soaring Magellanic cormorant
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Copyright: Sky Fa (SkyF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70s, 70 - 300mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: South America Cruise
Date Submitted: 2007-03-29 14:20
Viewed: 5375
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Soaring is the name given to that portion of flight in which the animal uses the minimum amount of energy to maintain flight. This is the portion of a birds flight that most closely resembles a model rocket glider in flight. During this period, energy is extrated from the natural winds and converted to potential (height gain) or kinetic (speed gain) energy. Soaring birds usually glide using horizontal and vertical air movements, and exert muscular energy only to correct position and to hold their wings down in the horizontal position.

Soaring that depends on vertical movements of the atmosphere has been termed as static soaring, as opposed to dynamic soaring where energy is extracted from variations in horizontal wind speed. A rocket modeler may be able to exploit these methods, particularly if it is the radio control variety, but regular gliders may be also use some of these same techniques too.

The Rock Shag or Magellanic cormorant is a marine cormorant found around the southernmost coasts of South America. Its breeding range is from around Valdivia, Chile, south to Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego, and north to Punta Tombo in Argentina. In winter it is seen further north, with individuals reaching as far as Santiago, Chile on the west coast and Uruguay on the east. The birds also breed around the coasts of the Falkland Islands

This picture was taken off the coast of Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. It is located on the southern coast of the island of Tierra del Fuego, in a setting surrounded by mountains and overlooking the Beagle Channel.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-03-29 14:54]

Belle ambiance. L'aspect plutôt monochrome du cliché me plait bien. Les différents plans donnent un bon relief.
Bonne journée.

Great picture of the remote mountains of Argentina with a colony of these lively birds in the forground, Sky.
Very impressive compostion with some of the birds in flight.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-03-29 15:34]

was für ein toller vogelfelsen, sky! :-)
da ist ja ganz schön was los bei den kormoranen. ganz besonders gefallen mit die fliegenden mit dem schneebedeckten berg im hintergrund.
great job & viele grüße aus köln, thorsten.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-29 16:08]

Hi Sky,
What a wild view! Magnificient mountain and dramatic almost black and white landscape.
TFS, José M.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-29 16:18]

Hi Sky.
This is very nice view on this colony cormorant.Beautiful majestic mountain on background.I like this composition.Well done,TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

Hello , this is a magical scene , super photograph , TFS.

Hi Sky,

This is where my next big excursion will lead me to, maybe next year... You are really lucky to have seen this. Are you going on a cruise to Antarctica, while you're there?

Nice view of beautiful mountain shapes.

Thanks for the note as well.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-29 18:13]

Hello Sky,
When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was balck and white, boy was I wrong, This is a powerful and well composed shot Sky, thanks for it the the great note.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-29 18:37]

Hi Sky,
What a very special shot of these cormorants the whole scenery is very special.

What amazing mountains they have there. You say it was off the coast. Were you in a boat? You lost some details in the light and dark value areas but that would be difficult to avoid with such a high contrast scene. I love the birds and the angled rock they are on.

Evelynn ; )

Hello Sky,
Your notes are very, very interesting and this picture is too :) I like this almost silver lightning, POV, composition and subjects. This exposure makes this picture looks almost unreal. This is beautiful! TFS,

hi sky,
nice shot, good pov, i liked the looks of the mountains in the background, lovely natural colours, nice composition,
tfs & regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-29 22:48]

Hello Sky

What an amazing BG to show off this cormorant colony.The DOF and POV are very good.A nicely composed shot.TFS


Hi Sky,
An impressive scene. The layers and depth look great. The foreground layer with all the birds and rock, and the distant layer of beautiful mountains. Looks like a great place to get good updrafts for them.

Hi Sky,
An exotic place to visit. Beautiful composition. The mountains in the background are marvelous.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-30 4:41]

Hello Sky,
How vivid and splendid this picture is. Interesting also to read your note on soaring. And the surroundings, they are really most beautiful.
Best regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-30 6:17]

Hi Sky

This is in my opinion one of the best photos you've posted here!
What a magnificent photo, full of impact and details everywhere!
The focus and DOF here is outstanding, keeping excellent sharpness on all the shags as well as that impressive mountains behind them, and that is what sets it apart from all the others...what a breathtaking scene and composition!
The contrast and exposure are also terrific here and i think you did a great job there, especially if i take in consideration the harsh light and the angle it was coming from.
All-in-all: a brilliant shot!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Sky,

Very nice composition of those birds... Not easy to manage the exposition with all those black/white/grey colors! Maybe the foreground is a little bit underexposed (but I must confess that I'm looking from my portable which is not very good on display...). I'm wandering how this picture will be in black and white?



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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-30 14:15]

merhaba sky
here is wonderful mountain and bird photo. i like dynamic composition and perspective. point of view, depth of field, lighting, sharpness, details and note are great
thanks for sharing

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-03-30 17:00]

So beautiful ! All these birds in the fore ground, ad those wonderful mountains in the BG ! It's a very powerful picture with a lot of visual impact. I like all the different nuances of grey, it's almost a black and white picture, it's perfect. Straight to my favourites. Very well done !

great pic, TFS Ori

Hola Sky,
Majestuosa e imponente vista de nuestro sur argentino. Me gusta la perspectiva, la concentración de aves y los imponentes Andes nevados al fondo, dando toda la imagen una sensación de frio.

Hola Sky
Precioso y espectacular lugar el que nos muestras, las aves le dan dramatismo a la toma.
Un saludo.

hi sky!
great picture and i really
like the feeling!
very nice!

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2007-04-07 5:55]

hi sky,
this pic reall has a beautiful view...
I love the composition... just impressive...
very well done...


Hallo Sky,
monumentale, sehr stimmungsvolle Aufnahme dieser bewegten Vogelschar in elementarer, sturmgepeitschter Landschaft. Wildnis pur.
Die fast auf reine Grauwerte reduzierte Farbigkeit gefällt mir sehr. Würde hier den Versuch wagen, das Bild konsequent zur Gänze auf Schwarzweiss (Grauwerte) zu konvertieren. Komposition sehr gelungen.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

Hello Sky,

This is a very good (first) lesson to learn gliderflight. Thanks for the superb notes. Anyway now your photo of this magnificent birds. A magnificient mountain and dramatic almost black and white landscape. Natural colors. Good POV, DOF and BG (magnificent mountains). Regards and TFS Bob

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