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Copyright: Sion Roberts (irishprophet25) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 21 N: 280] (1118)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-11 10:07
Viewed: 3017
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all,
Another photo taken at the Spinnies nature reserve near Bangor, which I would really recommend to anyone in the area as there is loads of wildlife to be seen. This time it is of a Cormorant which I had seen from one hide but it was flying past. When I got to the other hide it was on an island bank drying its wings, I think.
Hope you all Enjoy

Taken from RSPB.org.uk

Latin name
Phalacrocorax carbo

Cormorants and shags (Phalacrocoracidae)

A large and conspicuous waterbird, the cormorant has an almost primitive appearance with its long neck making it appear almost reptilian. It is often seen standing with its wings held out to dry. Regarded by some as black, sinister and greedy, cormorants are supreme fishers which can bring them into conflict with anglers and they have been persecuted in the past. The UK holds internationally important wintering numbers.

Where to see them
Found around the UK coastline on rocky shores, coastal lagoons and estuaries, it is increasingly being seen inland at reservoirs, lakes and gravel pits.
When to see them
All year round.

What they eat

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Well done young Man! Very good capture of this stunning Cormorant. I love its blue metallic texture, well definite eye color and the useful information presented here.
George Veltchev

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-11 12:39]

Hi Sion. I have never seen one this close up. I see from your picture it has a blue coloured eye to match its feathers. This is a typical pose with its wing out wide in the sun. Taken with good detail and interesting notes. well taken TFS.

Interesante toma Sion. De esta especie antes teníamos pocos por aquí, pero en estos últimos años han proliferado muchísimo en nuestro rio, y eso que estamos a 150 Km. del mar!
Un abrazo y gracias por tus amables comentarios:

Josep Ignasi.

Hi Sion,
An impressive shot taken at the perfect moment with the Cormorant is drying its wings. The pose gives this photo the mighty feel.
Considering the harsh daylight, you controlled the high contrast of this bird well. It was either a lot of black or a small area of bright highlights. But do keep in mind, human eyes can cope better with black then with bright areas.

Hi mate,

A well timed shot of this pretty cormorant.
Cheers for the note too. Well done!
Have a nice night!


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