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The Great Cormorant /Phalacrocorax carbo

The Great Cormorant /Phalacrocorax carbo
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Copyright: nasos kountourakis (nasokoun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1379 W: 0 N: 1695] (8071)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED-Nikon TC14EII
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-12 10:33
Viewed: 2346
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Great Cormorant /Phalacrocorax carbo
is a large black bird, weight is from 2.6 to 3.7 kg, length can vary from 77 to 94 cm and wingspan from 121 to 149 cm.

This is a very common and widespread bird species. It feeds on the sea and on freshwater lakes and rivers.
Ιn the past few year enormous the increase of his population,(20000 to 30000 in lake Kerkini),
so much common and so much trouble,even from adorers of birds does not exist sympathy.

Responsible…? for a lot of problems,
overfishing with consequence the lack of fishes of (particularly marketable), reports in epidemics of illnesses in fishes.
Destruction of ecosystem (trees) with their excrements…and sure the humans something still we will discover.

How we influenced the ecosystem and who will be the repercussions, still we make discussions,
no one does not know even if when we will find real and essential solutions,
until now the solutions were a lot of times tragic(killings poisonings, nets in order to they prevent their fishing… hate and enough curses).
Τhe confrontation taking into consideration the needs of person and no the nature…, I believe that also here it will worsen the problems.

As if it did not reach this, it is not also waterproof, each time where it emerges from the submarine fishing, it should it is shaken “as dog”
and it waits for it dries out with the help of sun and air.

It was photographed in the Delta of river Strimonas in the lake Kerkini.

thank you for your visit in my collection

have a nice day and good photographs!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-12 10:37]

Hi Nasos. I like the pose you have captured . This is a very good close up of the Great Cormorant . With your sharp focusing we can see all of the detail in the featehrs.Your use of the light has given natural colours. well done TFS.

hello Nasos
grea shot on a good moment
nice composition with good details
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5082 W: 88 N: 13851] (57349)
  • [2009-07-12 11:21]

Hi Nasos,the moment when you take the pic eas surely decisive.What a wonderful shot!!! And another time the quality of sharpness and details is impressive.Very professional work,my best compliments,have a nice week,LUCIANO

Hello Nasos,

This is a great capture and how well you have composed the shot with the outstretched cormorant making a diagonal across the frame.
The details of the waterdroplets being shaken off, by the cormorant are excellent.
Sharp focus for this action shot.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Nasos.

An impressive catch a lot of good achievements, thanks to a technique well-managed. Excellent composition and good vertical detail of the bird. Good water depth of shine, very balanced.



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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 0 N: 944] (13602)
  • [2009-07-12 12:29]

Slav Nasos,
Very nice capture of this Great Cormorant in the lovely pose.Good sharp details and nice naturel colors.Thanks for sharing.

Hi MF Nasos, A wonderful and timley capture of this great cormorant while it streching his neck with great clarity, fine focus and nice composition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-07-12 12:33]

hello Nasos,

Belle position de ce cormoran! Photo naturelle au BG réussi!


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  • sotos (313)
  • [2009-07-12 12:56]

Φιλε Νασο καλησπερα
παρα πολυ ωραια φωτο και ομορφη στιγμη ,συμπαθητικα χρωματα
και πολυ καλη ευκρινεια.o πλυθησμοs των κορμορανων στη λιμνη κερκινη ειναι 15-20000
συγχαριτηρια και καλεs φωτογραφιεs
Sotos from kerkini lake

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5087 W: 260 N: 15584] (50590)
  • [2009-07-12 12:58]

Hello Nasos,
Though great Cormorants are common and often seen on TN, you have captured this one in a fine stretched-out pose to be part of an ideal diagonal composition. Nice POV and sharpness too.
Thanks and have a good week,

Geia sou Naso,
Excellent photo, with a perfect timing (we can see the little drops!) and diagonal composition. The debate about the Great Cormorant exists in Belgium too. There are several thousands of them, fishing in the rivers. The fishermen heat them, of course, but it is still a protected species in Belgium. There are some proposal to control the population... The problem is to find concrete data about the link between increase of Cormorant population and regression of fish species... Who is the responsible? Cormorants or humans (with pollution of rivers for example). No easy answer and no easy solution! Se xairetw,

Hello Nasos
you have this cormorant in a very nice pose and good details on his wet plumage
great composition and fine natural colors, beautiful lighing
Have a good night

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 8 N: 538] (3134)
  • [2009-07-12 15:31]

Hello Nasos.
Great pose, POV and framing.
Well done.

hello Nasos

excellent close-up photo of the Great Cormorant with fine POV,
appropriate framing, the photo shot at the best moment
with fine POV excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 10 N: 8043] (25458)
  • [2009-07-12 16:35]

Hi Nasos,

A wonderful close-up of this Cormorant. You have captured him in a marvelous position with his neck stretched. Fine colors and details of his face, eye and feathers. A wonderful setting and composition. Your notes are most interesting. I didn't know he was causing such problems.


Hello Nasos !
You have captured this Cormorant in the most beautiful and unusual pose, and the picture is just perfect - sharpness, details, exposure, colors, composition, BG, everything is excellent. You are really a very talented photographer. Very well done !

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 27 N: 3887] (16939)
  • [2009-07-13 0:55]

Hello Nasos
Nice capture and wonderful scene. Well done.

Ciao Nasos, great capture of beautiful cormorant, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2830 W: 0 N: 6692] (25828)
  • [2009-07-15 5:27]

Hi Nasos,
lovely pose and action by the bird.
He is a bit dishavel, but that actually brings out the beauty and originality.
Well presented shot.


Hello Nasos,
what a wonderful picture of the Great Cormorant taken with perfect timing and superb sharpness, marvellous colours and fantastic composition.
Have a good weekend

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2009-07-20 14:46]
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Ni Nasos, absolutely a perfect portrait. Congratulation.
Kind regards Rose

Hello Nasos.

Thank you for that very nice capture.

I like the composition of the photo, in diagonal which gives life and movement to the photography.

The sharpness is excellent. The colors are realistic and they are attractive. I like a lot the attitude from the bird which seems to be surprised by the photographer.

Congratulation for this shot.

All the best.


Dear Naxos,
The high speed of your shot has really paid dividends: the bird must have come out of the water a moment ago (I see the airbubble on the surface), and it is still drenched. Probably, it had just shaken it self - like a wet dog - because I see all these tiny waterdrops surrounding the body.

I am sure, the details in your photo are a treasure trove for a watcher of bird behaviour; they are for a lover of good photography!

Overall, Your photographic technic is excellent.

Congratulations on your beautiful work as well as your interesting notes.
Kind Regards

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