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Flightless Cormorant

Flightless Cormorant
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Galapagos Islands
Date Submitted: 2014-02-10 17:42
Viewed: 1727
Points: 6
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Phalacrocorax harrisi

The Flightless Cormorant, also known as the Galapagos Cormorant, is a cormorant native to the Galapagos Islands and an example of the highly unusual fauna there.

The Flightless Cormorant is unique in that it is the only cormorant that has lost the ability to fly.

The Flightless Cormorant evolved on an island habitat that was free of predators. Having no enemies and taking its food primarily through diving along the food-rich shorelines, the bird eventually became flightless. However, since their discovery by man, the islands have not remained free of predators. Cats, dogs and pigs have been introduced to the islands over the years. In addition, these birds have no fear of man and can easily be approached and picked up.

The fact that this uniquely adapted bird is found in such a small range (Fernandina and Isabela Islands) and in such small numbers greatly increases its vulnerability to chance events such as environmental disasters (especially oil pollution), extreme climatic events and the introduction of diseases or predators. Unfortunately, marine perturbations such as those caused by El Niņo* events are becoming increasingly extreme. Still, its ability to breed quickly can allow it to recover from disasters as long as the population remains above the critical level.

Because of these factors, the Flightless Cormorant is one of the worlds rarest birds. A survey carried out by the Charles Darwin Research Station in 2004 indicated that the species now has a population of about 1,500 individuals.


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Hi Manyee!
Very good shot of this interesting variety of Cormorant; never heard of this flightless variety before. Thanks for this useful note. Very good sharpness and details.
Your subject doesn't look properly highlighted because of brown igneous rocks that are creating a camouflaging effect. You did pretty well to obtain a very good quality shot here. Many thanks for sharing your work,
Best Regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-11 9:22]

Hi Manyee,a curious pose,a bit funny,in this new magnificent capture from your fantastic trip,and another top quality pic as usual,thanks a lot for your precious work made in these islands,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Manyee, An interesting pose of this bird with nice light and colours. Good sharpness and details. I like the plumages of this creature. Thank for sharing

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