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Phalacrocoracidae @ Cormorants

Phalacrocoracidae @ Cormorants
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-31 3:15
Viewed: 2639
Points: 38
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Taken handheld on a small wooden boat on Lake Thale Noi.

The bird family Phalacrocoracidae or the cormorants /ˈkɔrmərənts/ is represented by some 40 species of cormorants and shags. Several different classifications of the family have been proposed recently, and the number of genera is disputed.
There is no consistent distinction between cormorants and shags. The names "cormorant" and "shag" were originally the common names of the two species of the family found in Great Britain, Phalacrocorax carbo (now referred to by ornithologists as the Great Cormorant) and P. aristotelis (the European Shag). "Shag" refers to the bird's crest, which the British forms of the Great Cormorant lack. As other species were discovered by English-speaking sailors and explorers elsewhere in the world, some were called cormorants and some shags, depending on whether they had crests or not. Sometimes the same species is called a cormorant in one part of the world and a shag in another, e.g., the Great Cormorant is called the Black Shag in New Zealand (the birds found in Australasia have a crest that is absent in European members of the species). Van Tets (1976) proposed to divide the family into two genera and attach the name "Cormorant" to one and "Shag" to the other, but this flies in the face of common usage and has not been widely adopted.
The scientific genus name is latinised Ancient Greek, from φαλακρός (phalakros, "bald") and κόραξ (korax, "raven"). This is often thought to refer to the creamy white patch on the cheeks of adult Great Cormorants, or the ornamental white head plumes prominent in Mediterranean birds of this species, but is certainly not a unifying characteristic of cormorants. "Cormorant" is a contraction derived either directly from Latin corvus marinus, "sea raven" or through Brythonic Celtic. Cormoran is the Cornish name of the sea giant in the tale of Jack the Giant Killer. Indeed, "sea raven" or analogous terms were the usual terms for cormorants in Germanic languages until after the Middle Ages. The French explorer André Thévet commented in 1558 that "...the beak [is] similar to that of a cormorant or other corvid," which demonstrates that the erroneous belief that the birds were related to ravens lasted at least to the 16th century.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-07-31 3:22]

Hi Foozi,beautiful capture of this black cormorant,it seems in pose only for you in this beautiful lake full of nympheas flowers,perfect DOF for the best details,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,LUCIANO

Hi Foozi,
照的很清晰 也很美麗
有一種孤單的意境 蓮花葉很漂亮
構圖美麗 背景漂亮

Hello Foozi,
WOW!an outstanding capture my friend,great composition,excellent clarity and details,perfect PoV and exposure.Remarkable depth and perspective.
Best regards,

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2013-07-31 4:09]

السلام علیکم و رحمتہ اللہِ و برکاتہ، رمضان کریم یافوزی
Alhamdulillah that 21st by Shabe qadr is ahead, exploring neighbor Thailand is another joy and me here under harsh sun of desert and fasting can't get on the cliffs so do rely on old shots.
The photo tells more then the NOTE that is well composed and exposed, beautiful the last word on a 12 hour of fast says.

I like this composition, Foozi. The other constituents apart from the bird in the picture make it a beautiful picture. The Water Lily leaves in the foreground in particular go very well in this image.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Foozi,
interesting bird. Perfect depth of field. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-07-31 9:09]

Hello Foozi,
beautiful photo,nice details,thanks..

Hi Foozi
Great capture of this cormorant in natural beautiful environment.Despite the difficult light You manage to have a sharp and clear pic.Congrats!Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

Ciao Foozi, great capture of lovely cormorant in nice pose, fantastic ambientation, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-31 11:17]

Hello Foozi.
Great catch, very good picture, very good composition and colours, I like the way it poses in this picture, very well done!Regards Siggi

hallo Foozi
beautiful coloured composition and great details
thanks greeting lou

Hello Foozi,
Another splendid presentation.Nice BG where blurry lotus and its leaves.
Sharp focus with attractive surroundings.Like its colour and majestic pose.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

because of those blurred colorful flowers the photographs looks really live and creative. nicely presented image.

Hello Foozi

Excellent I will say environmental photo
of this Cormorant, with fine POV,
superb focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-08-02 4:44]

Salam Foozi,
Cormorant nice shots ..
Beautiful photo of this Cormorant in good sharpness, details, composition and natural colours.
Best wishes,

merhaba akhi Foozi
This must be a Phalacrocorax pygmaes (recently Microcarbo pygmaeus in some sources). You nicely captured it in characteristic position. Thanks for sharing.
I wish you and your family from Allah, a happy eid-ul ramadan. Was-salaam

hello my friend Foozi!
I love scene like this with the environment, great photo at all!
regards Nasos

Ciao Foozi. Just like an intrigant paint MF. Exciting colours.


Another fantastic scenery with an interesting bird Foozi! Great photo!

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