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Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-23 4:39
Viewed: 6727
Points: 32
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Today's post is double-crested cormorant captured on Caye Caulker, Belize. I spend few days on this little island enjoying the sun and looking for a birds. I found this guy drying his wings after the bath and it was close to the beach and good opportunity to take nice shot.

Captured with 20D @ 180mm, handhold, natural light.

The double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is a member of the cormorant family of seabirds. It occurs along inland waterways as well as in coastal areas and is widely distributed across North America. Once threatened by use of DDT, the numbers of this bird have increased markedly in recent years.

Alternate common names of this bird include crow-duck, Farallon cormorant, Florida cormorant, lawyer, shag, devil bird, nigger goose and Taunton turkey.

The double-crested cormorant is a large black bird 74–91 cm (29"–36") long, with a wingspan up to 132 cm (52"). It has a long tail and a yellow throat-patch, and can appear to have a green sheen in certain lighting. The white double head crest is seen for a short period during the breeding season in western birds; it is duller in eastern birds. Juveniles are brown with a white face, foreneck, and breast...

more info: wiki

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Wow Ralf - that's a beauty. I rarely get close enough to take a shot, since they nest high up in pine trees around here.
This one is just great - definition, detail, pose and color are superb. Bravo! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2008-01-23 6:10]

Hi Ralf
Really nice shot of this beautiful bird.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-23 6:30]

Hi Ralf,

A nice capture with good satured colors,the drying pose worked good for you,well captured and tfs


hello Ralf

what a great shot with the excellents details on the bird's wing
and in all other parts of the cormorant, great contrast,
i love the POV of your image and the way you framed
ru bird on the image, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-23 7:29]

Hej Ralf,
This is a fine shot showing the typical wing-drying pose of a cormorant, or as here, the Double-crested Cormorant. Excellent sharpness and composition against a light-coloured water BG.
you have an amazing collection of images in your archives1

Hello Ralf,
This is great capture for characteristic position of carmorants. I know this species from book and documentary film, but it is similar three species in Turkiye. POV, focus, composition very nice. TFS, well done

Hi Ralf,
Super shot of this Cormorant. The detail, pose, color, comp are all excellent. Well done, TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-23 12:23]

Hello Ralf,
Great job capturing wonderful details in the black plummage, I have always like thier eyes and your image shows them very well, thank you Ralf.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-23 12:35]

Hi Ralf
This is very good composition, and sharp
well done

Hi Ralf, superb cormorant in great pose with splendid colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-24 4:39]

Hi Ralf,
Pose you captured looks very nice. I liked the POV, composition, colors and the contrast. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Ralf,

Very nice capture of this cormorant. Great pose. Good POV, DOF and focus. Very nice colours.

Hi Ralf
Superb composition
Crystal clear detail
Lovely natural color
Piercing blue eye
tfs jon

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-24 9:48]

Hi Ralf. The detail in this close up of the Cormorant is first class. the wings are spot on. with the touch of colour from the orange on the face. a nice POV. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-01-26 9:55]

Hi Ralf,

Avery good photo with excelent details of bird. Very good light and natural colors. Interesting moment of bird activity. I have observed the same behaviour at cormorans in Danube Delta.

Best regards,

Another great image, Ralf.
Very good moment and DOF...

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