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Phalacrocorax carbo

Phalacrocorax carbo
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Africa I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-24 12:55
Viewed: 5896
Points: 34
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Great Cormorant

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 (3.3 lbs)[1] to 5.3 kg (11.7 lbs)[2], with a typical range from 2.6 to 3.7 kg (5.7-8.2 lbs).[3]. 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.

Information source

Range Description: This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 10,000,000 km². It has a large global population estimated to be 1,000,000-1,600,000 individuals (Wetlands International 2002). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

BirdLife International 2008. Phalacrocorax carbo. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. . Downloaded on 24 January 2009.

This photo is taken in the freshwater lake Bunyonyi, Kabale district, Uganda. Cropped format.

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Tv 1/200
Av 5.6
ISO 400
Focal 400.0 mm

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-24 12:56]

Hello Ferran,
Superb picture of this cormorants. Excellent sharpness and great detail. Very good exposure and natural colours too.
Best regards Siggi

what a beautiful capture Ferran !
perfect light , nice colours and perfect sharp , beautiful details , good DOF and great POV ,
well done !

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-24 13:02]

Hello Ferran,

There is a very fine sharpness in your photo as well as a good color rendering. Therefore the pattern of the plumage can be well seen. There are also other details as tree's leafs that can be seen in great details. Birds are looking nicely on the greysh sky.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-01-24 13:15]

Hello Ferran,
Super picture, beautiful detailed, very good..
Best regards.. Thank you for sharing,

Focus and composition make this a excellente imagem.

Best regards

hello Ferran

excellent photography of the Great Cormorant(s),
shot with fine POV and framing, beautiful warm luminosity,
great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-24 14:56]

Hi Ferran,

I'm not accustomed to seeing Cormorants on trees! Beautiful shot of the one posing so nicely and the second one otherwise occupied. Nice colors, good details, and a lovely setting.


Ciao Ferran,
bellissima cattura di Cormorano, eccellente POV e ottima nitidezza, a me sembra che i bianchi siano leggermente sovraesposti, ma è molto soggettivo, ho fatto un WS e mi sembra che non ci sia una differenza apprezzabile, lo inserisco solo per un confronto, la qualità della tua immagine è eccellente.

Hi Ferran, a masterpiece job from you. Splendid shot of thes beauties on a Acacia tree with lovely poses, nice composition, sharp details and warm colours.
TFS. Have a nice sunday MF!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-24 18:18]

Hello Ferran,
This wonderful composition has great color and sharp details, excellent work Ferran, thank you.


Very nice work indeed. This bird (or its cousins) is on my to do list but it will most likely be awhile before I get a chance to 'click' away at it. So for now, I get to enjoy this very nice shot. Great work and TFS.

Best Regards,


Great shot of these Shags Ferran.
Ecellent exposure and detail.
Pity the furthest one decided to preen at the crucial moment, but thats life I guess.

hello ferran
you made a beautiful of this two cormorants sitting on a tree,
great sharpness and lovely pose of the two birds
very well done

Hello Ferran,
well detailed, perfectly well describing and clear image, showing fine details and subtle shades of colour in a pleasantly soft light. Dynamical composition, very well balanced like a piece of fine art.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-25 22:42]

Hello Ferran,
A great capture of the African race of P. carbo taken from a fine POV showing two resting on the top of a tree in an excellent composition and with fine sharpness.
TFS this fine image,
Best regards,

Hi Ferran.

I like these two birds in a frame with different perches. Stunning details with the foliage making up excellent setting against the clear sky. Very good details and vivid exposure of the plumage. Well done and TFS.

Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-07 5:24]

Hi Ferran,
such a beautiful composition. perching on the tree top with full of beauty and colours.
Well seen and details are lovely.
soft sky and excellent contrast with green leaves.


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