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Shag on nest

Shag on nest
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Copyright: john thurlbourn (jthurlbourn) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 26] (137)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-13
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-13 6:18
Viewed: 3411
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot on a very hot day in May. The Shag was panting to stay cool and standing over the eggs shading them as they would get too hot if she lay them.

When you normally see a Shag you may think they are just a black bird but in this light you can see why they are also known as a Green Cormorant. There are aroud 1,000 pairs nesting on Staple Island.

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Hello John,
I think that those birds are really funny. They always seem to have strange expressions on their faces. This is a beautiful catch with great details and you caught it in a good timing in its nest like this. I might have contrasted this picture a little more as I think that the upper part is a little too clear. Nice post and TFS,

Hi John,
A special shot...
Cropping a bit tight and eyes are not open are my 'critiques'...
Overall well done

Ciao John,
Bellissima foto!
Bello il momento e ottimi dettagli.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-13 13:47]

This is a lovely shot. The colours you have captured in the feathers are just stunning. Perfect pose with her standing up and flashing you her eggs. Good details and an excellent POV.

You have some very lovely shots in your gallery



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-13 23:25]

Hello John

A very nice portrait of this less than attractive bird.Well composed ,good job to get the eggs in the shot like that.Well saturated colours and good detail in the plumage.Excellent POV and DOF.A good crisp image.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3090 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-14 3:15]

Great shot of this hot cormorant, John.
She does look very uncomfortable.
Fantastic POV, front view, nest, eggs and all.
Excellent focus and exposure on the bird and eggs.
You brought out the green sheen beautifully.
TFS. : )

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