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Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant
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Copyright: Stephanie Loh (greenpinkorange) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 94 N: 415] (1789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Tamron AF55-200mm F/4-5.6 LD MACRO Di II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Singapore [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-30 10:29
Viewed: 4447
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Great Cormorant

Scientific name: Phalacrocorax carbo

The Great Cormorant is almost entirely black in plumage, apart from a white and yellow chin and a small white patch on each thigh (absent in winter). The bill is grey and the legs and feet are black. Young birds resemble the adults but are more dusky-brown.

Did You Know?
The Great Cormorant is the largest of the Australian cormorants and is one the largest in the world.

Cormorants are diving birds which use their large, webbed feet, their long necks and long, sharp-hooked bills to help them with shallow water diving and underwater swimming. They can hunt for fish, crustaceans, yabbies and insects under water for up to 30 seconds at a time, diving with their eyes open, their wings clasped close to their bodies for steering and braking, and their feet beating powerfully. Sometimes they eat as much as one fifth of their own body weight.

After fishing you can see them standing with their wings stretched out to dry, as their feathers are not waterproof -- hence the expression "standing like a shag on a rock". Usually cormorants hunt on their own, but on the Amazon in Brazil they work in teams of up to 1000 birds, herding whole shoals of panic-stricken fish into the shallows where the birds then break ranks and dive for their catch.


Joke Time!

What did the little bird say to the big bird?
Peck on someone your own size.

What kind of ducks rob banks?
Safe quackers.

Why was the duck unhappy?
His bill was in the mail.

What kind of weather excites a pet duck?
Fowl weather, of course!

Sitting on a branch overlooking the parking lot, the pigeons
watched as a Mercedes pulled
in below them. "What do you think?" one bird said to the other.
"Should we put a deposit on that car?"

How can you tell that birds like shopping at sales?
They're always saying "cheep-cheep".

I know these aren't cormorant jokes but i hope you like these bird jokes anyway... sorry if some are pretty lame!


Notice anything about this picture?

PP Work:
Reduced for TN

Hope you like it!


jaycee, Argus, MMM, wuta, mikou, ramthakur, horia, mogens-j, Adanac, peter_stoeckl, aido has marked this note useful
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Nice image, colour in the eye is nice, little bit lacking in detail in the black neck, side lighting would have been better, or maybe a spot of fill flash. Little bit hot on the top of the beak, if you shot in RAW format you could fix that no problem using a separate layer and blend the 2 images together. I think I would have taken 2 steps to the right to use the other cormorant in the background as a frame, and to mirror the shape of the head/beak.

Cool portrait of this guy, Stephanie!
Funny notes as usually :)

Hi Stephanie, This has come out really well. Like the sharp details and the colours. Good BG and POV.

Good shot, Regards, Kiran

Hi Stepahanie,
Great portrait of this cormorant!
I like so much your close approach, the get into the green of the eyes and the contrast with the yellow part of their skin
It's very good also the background got, it creates a very interesting pattern.
I like also the composition you made, with the bird integrated with the back.
Congratulations and thanks for share it,
My best regards,

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-03-30 11:34]

L'oeil ressemble à une bille de verre.
Bonne journée.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-30 11:41]

Hi Stephanie,

Wonderful portrait! I never noticed the curve of the top of the beak before. Interesting eye.


Bonjour Stéphanie
C'est vrai que c'est spécial de voir cet oeil d'émeraude certie de diamants.Très jolis détails et les contrastes sont bons
Bravo et au revoir....JP

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-30 13:12]
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Hello Stephanie,
Fine close portrait of the Great Cormorant: sharp with the strange blurred BG fitting in nicely behind the head. Fine composition and lighting too!
Regards, Ivan

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-03-30 13:18]

Hello Stephanie
Nice portrait , I find your image pretty sharp with nice BG color.I also like the shape and color of the eye.
TFS Michel

Hi Stephanie,

Love the close-up of this cormorant's head, the green eyes on this species is beautiful. TFS :)

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-03-30 13:53]

Hello Stephanie , Fantastic shot from the Cormorant ,good pose colours sharpnes his eye details and bg ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-30 14:00]

Hi Stephanie.
This is beautiful picture.I like composition with very nice blurry BG.Colors and details are amazing.Pretty green color eye.It looks as tear to the eye.Well done this portrait,TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

Hello Steph,
Super sharp and colourful facial portrait of Great Cormorant. At 1/1600, Tv, the results are fantastic, especially in terms of subtle details. Do I see a drop like formation suspended at the bottom end of the bird's pupil?
TFS and take care.

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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 16:00]

Hi Stephanie

What a splendid and unique portrait!
Unique because of that "tear"...i actually noticed that the first time (when i marked the post).
It really give the photo an emotional side (even though it may not be a real tear), something very few animal images have.
The colors and details are terrific and the lighting, although not the easiest one, is well managed.
Great POV and DOF, as well, blurring the BG nicely and therefore giving your subject an exceptional isolation from everything else.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Stephanie

Fantastic portrait of this Cormorant which - even it is very much unwelcome among fishermen - still is a very beautiful bird to look at and I love them for their funny behaviour. Very clever handling of the light which is spot on around the face and eye. The background is well blurred and the colours look great and very natural. The composition is nice - I would like a little more space in front of the bird but that is a very personal matter.

All over a very nice picture and you did a great job here.

Have a nice Easter

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-30 19:55]

Hi Steph,
Beautiful closeup with sharp detail and nice color, what a exquisite eye color, thanks for sharing.

bonjour stephanie
vraiment tres bien realisé ce portrait,un tres bon piqué et de superbes couleurs notament l(oeil qui ressort tres bien.
tu l'as pris dans un parc animalier?

Hi Stephanie,
Great image and stunning capture.

What I notice about this photo is the depth of field sure enhances the artistic aspect of it. Besides being so clear, it has a nice angle on the head. I never get this close to cormorants to see these details. Look at the colour of these eyes.So nice. TFS Steph....and for the jokes.

Hi Stephanie,
very elegant and powerfully dynamic portrait with clear details. Fascinating to see water dropping from the cormorant's eye.
Laughing tears?
Like your cheerful little jokes.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-03-31 14:27]

Hi Steph,
Nice image, great detail and good light in the eye. Great colours too. I saw the tear before I read the note (honest! :-)) The black streak in the background is a little distracting, I find it useful to look around first and weigh everything up, including the background and then pick my position (hope I don't sound as if I'm nagging). Great image.

Hi Staphanie,
I truly like the way you have captured this head shot of the Cormorant. 'Captive Light' would probably have fall in the lake taking his two steps to the right. Sometimes these moves are not possible. I like the lighting and there is just enough to put a catchlight and also to light up what appears to be a teardrop. The balck neck contrasts with the beak.
Well doe and TFS.

Hi Stephanie,
Beautiful shot. I like the detail the you are showing. Also a beautifully composed picture.

Muy buen retrato Stephanie.
Con una nitidez espectacular, mis felicitaciones.
Un saludo

Hola Stephanie,
Precioso retrato, bonita iluminacion, buena nitidez y excelente contraste con el fondo. Saludos

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