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400th posting
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-15 8:33
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This is my 400th posting on TN.
I dedicate this photo to Mehmet (Zulfu) and Deniz (xTauruSx). They both don’t set much photos here, but have always (almost daily) their positive critiques on our photos. So they don’t take much, but give a lot.


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.

The 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 to 5.3 kg, with a typical range from 2.6 to 3.7 kg. 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. Adults have white thigh patches in the breeding season. In European waters it can be distinguished from the Common Shag by its larger size, heavier build, thicker bill, lack of a crest and plumage without any green tinge.

In eastern North America, it is similarly larger and bulkier than Double-crested Cormorant, and the latter species has more yellow on the throat and bill.

This is a very common and widespread bird species. It feeds on the sea, in estuaries, and on freshwater lakes and rivers. Northern birds migrate south and winter along any coast that is well-supplied with fish.
The type subspecies, P. c. carbo, is found mainly in Atlantic waters and nearby inland areas: on western European coasts and south to North Africa, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland; and on the eastern seaboard of North America, though in America it breeds only in the north of its range, in the Canadian maritime provinces.

The subspecies found in Australasian waters, P. carbo novaehollandiae, has a crest. In New Zealand it is known as the Black Shag or by its Māori name; Kawau.
The 80-100 cm long White-breasted Cormorant P. c. lucidus found in sub-Saharan Africa, has a white neck and breast. It is often treated as a full species, Phalacrocorax lucidus (e.g. Sibley & Monroe, 1990, Sinclair, Hockey and Tarboton, 2002)
In addition to the Australasian and African forms, Phalacrocorax carbo novaehollandiae and P. carbo lucidus mentioned above, other geographically distinct subspecies are recognised, including P. c. sinensis (western Europe to east Asia), P. c. maroccanus (north-western Africa), and P. c. hannedae (Japan).
Some authors treat all these as allospecies of a P. carbo superspecies group.

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.

Cormorants and humans
Many fishermen see in the Great Cormorant a competitor for fish. Because of this it was nearly hunted to extinction in the past. Thanks to conservation efforts its numbers increased. At the moment there are about 1,2 million birds in Europe (based on winter counts. Late summer counts would show higher numbers). Increasing populations have once again brought the cormorant into conflict with fisheries. For example, in Britain, where inland breeding was once uncommon, there are now increasing numbers of birds breeding inland, and many inland fish farms and fisheries now claim to be suffering high losses due to these birds. In the UK each year some licenses are issued to shoot specified numbers of cormorants in order to help reduce predation, it is however still illegal to kill a bird without such a license.

Chinese fishermen sometimes tie fishing line around the throats of cormorants, tight enough to prevent swallowing, and deploy them from small boats. The cormorants "eat" fish without being able to fully swallow them, and the fishermen are able to retrieve the fish simply by forcing open the cormorants' mouths, apparently engaging the regurgitation reflex. This traditional fishing method is known as Cormorant fishing.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-15 8:35]

Hi Peter

Congratulations! A worthy dedication also.

A superb shot - excellent lighting detail and pov - stunning work.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-15 8:50]

Hello Peter !
een jubileum ter gelegenheid van de 400e post goed gevierd!
Uitzonderlijke vangen. Willen vragen en het ...- goed, oke maar na nummer 4000 op wanneer te verwachten.
Mijn felicitaties en veel succes en daarbuiten.
U wilt een leuk weekend,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-15 8:54]

Congratulations for your 400 photo! It is a very good photo, excellent colors and details!

hello Peter,
my warm congratulations, you celebrate this post with one impressive close up, with vivid colors and generous saturation, very good details in a beautiful pose of cormorant and water scene!
keep photographing! TFS

Hi Peter,
Congratulations on your post #400! I've enjoyed seeing your pictures! this time we've brought a big talent with very good technical level and a variety of lines that is truly enviable! good work, hope to see many more pictures of you!

hello Peter

congratulations for your 400th photo on TN,
excellent close-up photo with fine POV,
superb focus sharpness and details,
the background waves are giving artistic effect,
beautiful eye-contact of the Cormorant,



Hello Peter
Congratulations on your 400th post! Excellent shot of this beautiful birdie :)

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-15 9:33]

Peter my friend,
First of all, warm congratulation for the 400th post!
Wonderful job!
Great this great cormorant!
Lovely colors and details.

hallo Peter
gefeliciteerd met je 400e foto op TN
ik denk dat het er wel meer worden ook.
deze is ook weer te gek
goed van scherpte en super mooie kleuren
ga zo door Peter!!
groetjes lou

Hello Peter, wonderful shot of this cute faced great cormorant with nice pose and composition. Thank you so much for this kind dedication too. I honoured. I also congratulate you for your 400th posting. I learned lot of things from you.
Thanks for all and regards,

Hello Peter,
Congratulation for your 400th posting. It is a wonderful image with exceptional sharpness and details. Beautiful eye contact. Excellent composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-15 10:59]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations and thanks for all sharings!This is wonderful close up of this Great Cormorant from wonderful point of view with great details composition.
TFS and best regards Siggi,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-15 11:01]

Hi Peter. Many congratulations for posting your 400th picture today on TN. You have chosen a first class close up with such sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given bright colours with catch light in the eye. Well taken TFS.

Hi MF Peter,

Comgratulations! my dear friend! What a lovely beautiful faced cormorant shot in excellent sharpness and marvelous details to celebrate such great milestone! You are also thoughtful and so kind that you dadicate this special shot to my PhD students too. A reall pleasant dedication.
Thanks for all contribution to us my friend!
All the best!
Have a great day!


Ciao Peter. Fantastic sharp focus and brigh colour like gift for your 400th. Impressive razor detaisl. Best complimets and TFS!


Hello Peter,
CONGRATULATIONS on your 400th posting; another first class picture from you, thanks for your remarkable contributions on TN, i share your dedication; outstanding sharpness and fantastic close composition.
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

Congratulation for this anniversary post!

Great capture, lovely details and colors.
Great job!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-15 12:45]

Hi Peter,thanks at you for your wonderfuls pics,always perfects and very interesting,this is another beautiful example,the sharpness and the colors are at the top...and i like a lot the details of blue eye! Have a nice weekend! Luciano.

Hello Peter
Congratulation!! All is very good.. wonderfull and lovely cormorant. I love her eyes... impressive.
Thanks for sharing
Best Regards

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2010-01-15 13:00]

salut Peter,
fantastique image et félicitation pour cet anniversaire.
Excellent rendu du plumage, le coup de flash illumine parfaitement l'oiseau. Superbes couleurs.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-15 13:34]

Hi Peter,
Congratulations on 400th post.Excellent capture of this cormorant.I liked clarity,sharpness and contrast a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

Enhorabuena por tu fotografía nº 400; realmente te la guardaste para celebrarlo :-) y es que es una toma de gran técnica y de resultados fantásticos. Colores y luces explosivos y bellos, así como unos reflejos que contrastan muy bien el conjunto. También me gusta el encuadre logrado y el realismo y nitidez en general.
Buen fin de semana para tí también Peter:
Josep Ignasi.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-15 15:58]

Hi Peter,

Congratulations on your 400th post - I have loved all of them. A wonderful dedication to Mehmet and Deniz who are fantastic assets to TN. This Cormorant is beautiful and you show off his face perfectly. I love the colors and details and the wet feathers. Here's to the next 400!


Hello Peter
congratulations my friend on your 400th posts. I have seen many great shots and learnt many things from your experiences from various countries. I am pleasure to know you here.
I wish you many hundred posts on TN.
this is great selection to celebrate, with great sharp focus, wonderful contact of green eyes. POV and composition also great. thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend

Hallo Peter
This is indeed a very special image, and a worthy one of you’re milestone reached of 400 postings, and more remarkable is that you dedicate it to two sincere gentlemen. It is a pity that Bahadir is doing his obligatory military service at the moment because the three of them made a great supportive team to fellow members.

Whenever I see photos of these birds, it feels as if I am almost been "swallowed" by the eye. The colour and texture of the eye is really so beautiful. It looks like an emerald stone. Your photography shows this "gemstone" so beautifully. I also like the detail of the hook on the end of the beak, and I am sure that it would inflict a nasty injury to his victim. The sharpness on the bird is outstanding and the colours and exposure are simply impeccable, but what I like most within the frame is the silvery hues on the blue water! Great photography. Thanks for sharing and also a great thanks for your wonderful participation on the site in many ways. Kind regards and have a lovely day.
Ps.I believe that this bird is a pest and a destructive one as well, and if it is the truth it is difficult to believe this fact, but then on the other hand one cannot judge something or someone by its beautiful features.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-15 23:06]

woww... What an amazing honor to have a such beautiful dedication with your special posting! Thank you Peter and Congratulations!
I also thanks for all of you contribution to us. Very natural colors and very neatly presented. I love the eye colour and its face very much.
Again thank you very much Peter. Have anice weekend.


Hi Peter

Well done on sharing 400 of your fine wildlife shots with the TN community.
A fine capture of this cormorant and nice use of flash. Great sharpness and I like the composition.


Ciao Peter, congratulations for your splendid 400 post on TN, lovely cormorant with fantastic colors, great capture with wonderful reflections, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, have a good week end my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-16 2:08]

Hallo Peter.

Van harte gefeliciteerd met je 400ste foto.
En deze mag er zijn, mooie kleuren en prachtig scherp.
Op naar de volgende 400.

Gr. Hans

Hallo Peter,

gefeliciteerd met je 400ste foto op TN.
Mooie plaat van deze Aalscholver die al bijna in bruidskleding is.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-01-16 4:02]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations! Very nice close up. His sight look very sinisterly. Perfectly sharpness, nice BG.
Regards, Pawel

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-16 5:11]

Hello Peter,
At first my Congratulations to your 300th picture. Your picture-choice is excellent, this Cormorant is shown in a most fine and subtle manner in a very special light created by your use of the flash. The green eye is just marvellous and the pose of the bird very fine.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-16 7:21]

Hi Peter,
a very special pose by the bird to represent a special post by you.
A very lovely image. Sharp details and rich colours presentation.
the patterns of the feather and the ripples give an effective view.
Well done and congratulations..


hello Peter
congratulations for your 400th post on TN, and great dedications for Mehmet and Deniz
this image of a cormorant is so beautiful and i love his pose and head position
but also the sharpness, the colors and the water droplets on his back
Have a great sunday

nice crispy sharp 400 pic, congratulations! Ori

400 picture nice and interesting.Congratulations and I wait for more 40000.
Best regards and greetings.Alin.

Hi Peter,
congrats - and this shot is worth to be Nr. 400!
Such a nice bird and we can count every single drop on the feathers. Also nice colours and a pretty surface of the water.
Thanks and enjoy the sunday
Sabine - wishnugaruda

You have done a fantastic job by contributing super class 400 nature pictures to TN, Peter. Congratulations!!
This is an adorable picture of this green eyed Great Cormorant.
I love the colours and the composition. Nothing could be better for your 400th landmark post.
Thanks and all the best for your next 100.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-01-17 7:52]

Hi Peter and a belated congratulations on your 400th post here!
This is a superb portrait and one worth of this occasion.
I really like the pose of the cormorant here - with its head nicely turned to the side and giving you such a great eye-contact.
Further more, the fill-in flash worked excellent here in bringing out some hidden or shaded details, making the wet feathers and water drops of its plumage look terrific.
Overall, a super capture.

Bravo and TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-17 10:46]

Congratulations on your 400th, Peter!
I want to join all the others in thanking you for your first class portfolio, your dedication and contributions to TN, and your wonderful friendship.
A beautiful shot of this cormorant, drops of water on the back and all.
A sassy profile giving a great view of that emerald green eye.
TFS. : )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-18 6:18]

Congratulations on your 40tth posting Peter!
You mark this milestone with a superb winter capture of the Great Cormorant. The frontal POV with its head turned was taken to show the face, especially the eye with excellent sharpness and colours and the DOF includes most of the body too.
A great shot and nice tribute to our TN friends Mehmet and Deniz.
Thanks an I look forward to seeing many, many more from you Peter.
Have a good week,

Hoi Peter,
Nog van harte met je 400ste foto. En wat een foto zeg. Je hebt um wel van heel dichtbij weten vast te leggen. Het detail in de veren is echt prachtig en het glimmertje in de ogen brengt deze echt tot leven. Ik vind vooral het water in deze foto mooi, het lijkt wel een soort kwik.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-24 19:04]

Hello Peter,
CONGRATULATIONS, on this great milestone and for this marvelous posting for celebrating your 400th. Cormorant eye color is truly amazing and you have captured it well, thank for all your past works and looking forward to many more.

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