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Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 200, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-23 8:41
Viewed: 3549
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A first for me a Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) photographed in a marsh in Berthier.

From Cornell:

The Double-crested Cormorant is the most numerous and widespread North American cormorant. It's also the only one that occurs in large numbers inland as well as on the coast. Growing in numbers throughout its range, this cormorant is increasingly being blamed for declines in sport fisheries and for devastating fish farms.
Large, dark water bird.
Long body and long neck.
Medium-sized bill is blunt or hooked at tip.
Size: 70-90 cm (28-35 in)
Wingspan: 114-123 cm (45-48 in)
Weight: 1200-2500 g (42.36-88.25 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes alike.
Deep guttural grunts.
Conservation Status
Cormorant populations greatly decreased in the 19th and early 20th centuries from human persecution. They recovered after the 1920s, with an interruption in the recovery during the pesticide era of the 1950s and 1960s. The National Audubon Society considered it a species of special concern in 1972. Increases after the 1970s were explosive in some areas. Increasing cormorant populations have caused conflicts with people. Cormorants have been suggested as playing an important role in the collapse of some fisheries, although data to support these claims are sparse. Cormorants eat fish at fish farms, and recent legislation has been proposed to control cormorant numbers. For more information, click here.
Other Names
Cormoran à aigrettes (French)
Cormorán Orejudo, Cormorán Bicrestado, Corúa de Mar (Spanish)
Cool Facts
The Double-crested Cormorant makes a bulky nest of sticks and other materials. It frequently picks up junk, such as rope, deflated balloons, fishnet, and plastic debris to incorporate into the nest. Parts of dead birds are commonly used too.
Large pebbles are occasionally found in cormorant nests, and the cormorants treat them as eggs.
Double-crested Cormorant nests often are exposed to direct sun. Adults shade the chicks and also bring them water, pouring it from their mouths into those of the chicks.
In breeding colonies where the nests are placed on the ground, young cormorants leave their nests and congregate into groups with other youngsters (creches). They return to their own nests to be fed.
Accumulated fecal matter below nests can kill the nest trees. When this happens, the cormorants may move to a new area or they may simply shift to nesting on the ground.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-23 9:06]

Hi Mario. This is a fine shot and congrats on the first for you. excellent use of the light in this one giving bright colours and fine detail. good notes too.well done TFS.

This is different for you. I like the light on your cormorant and the inclusion of habitat. If you can ever get close enough to one take a shot of the eye. I think the cormorant eye is the most beautiful and amazing. Be careful of over-sharpening. On my monitor there is a sharpening halo along the high contrast edges.

Evelynn : )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-23 9:39]

Hello Mario,
A great capture of the Double-crested Cormorant. The lighting, sharpness and composion on the water among the lily pads are superb.
TFS this fine image,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-23 9:42]

Hello Mario,
this is a very nice capture. Excellent colours/lighting and very good sharp details. Composition and POV/DoF are great also. This is a great composition. Very well done. Thank you for posting.
Regards Siggi

Ciao Mario,
complimenti per la tua 600th su TN; splendida composizione con il bellissimo habitat e la classica postura del cormorano in acqua, eccellente nitidezza, fantastici i colori e la luce.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-23 10:52]

Hello Mario,
The saturated colours in this photo are fantastic. The light is splendid. And congratulations on your 600!!! posting.
Great shapness, but as Evelynn already said, there's a bit of halo round the neck and head of the Cormorant. Excellent composition, POV and BG.
I can't wait for the next hundred.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-23 10:58]

Hi Mario,
A shot different from your perching bird pictures.
This Cormorant seems to understand the need of its c-operation in your effort....the head held high and posing almost like a model ....the natural sunlight adds to the effect.
Fine PoV and DoF.
TFS & Cheers

The frame actually helps the bird here..it confines the eye which tend to want to look further outward. Good sue of techno framing there Mario!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-23 13:11]

Hi Mario,
a nice capture of this Double-crested Cormorant.
Very well composed placing the bird on one of the "thirds".
Excellent sharpness.
Nice lighting.
Great vivid colours.

Well done!

Hi Mario,
Very good capture of this Double-crested Cormorant with good pose and composition, sharp details, beautiful evening lighting and nice catch-light on eye.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-23 15:29]

Salut Mario,il y a une lumiere excellente dans cette photo!Le soleil qui baise le cormoran dans un ambience un peu plus noir!Mes compliments,fanatstique photo,merci de partager,Luciano

salut Mario

quelle superbe shot de ce Cormorant, sur la rivière-des-Milles-Îles,
à quelques reprises j'ai eu l'occasion de faire une telle photo
du cormorant mais il m'aurais fallut un Reflex avec un puissant zoom,

j'adore ta photo, excellent POV et DOF et cadrage,
belle luminosité, excellente netteté et détails,
superbe contraste entre les tons chaudes et les tons froides de l'image,



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-23 16:25]

Hi Mario,

Now this is a Cormorant with an attitude - I love the pose with the beak up in the air. Beautiful face, neck, eye and plummage. Colors and details are excellent. The water is wonderful - looks like lots of lily pads. Another superb composition.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-23 21:53]

Hi Mario

Lovely, well composed shot of this cormorant. Excellent lighting and colours.


Bonjour Mario,
Belle capture et tres belles couleurs, le bec est aussi superbement eclairé
Bien cordialement

Hi Mario
First of all I like the mood of the picturw and great blue/grey/green/silver water surface. Beautiful bird, great natural surrounding
Best wishes

Hello Mario,
Good focus and moment. very good lighting.
I guess Evelynn is right about the sharpening halo.
This is a beautiful cormorant species.

Bonjour Mario,

Les réflexions de l'oiseau dans l'eau sont des atouts à la composition. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs du cormoran à aigrettes. La lumière fait brillet ses plumes et rehausse les couleurs. Bonne journée.


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