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Cormorant at Sunset

Cormorant at Sunset
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/150 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-27 23:35
Viewed: 2748
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Double-crested Cormorant
Phalacrocorax auritus

Cormoran à aigrettes (French)
Cormorán Orejudo, Cormorán Bicrestado, Corúa de Mar (Spanish)

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.

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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Great warm evening light on the bird, and indeed throughout the image. I like the simplicity of your composition, and the way the angle of the bird's body and head cuts diagonally through the frame.
There seems to be a strange soft halo around the edges of the bird which doesn't look like the effects of shallow depth of field - I suspect it's more to do with sharpening technique than the original photo itself. It doesn't matter too much.
I like how the bright green eye stands out from the more muted hues in the rest of the image.
Good work Manyee.


Hi ManYee,
The lighting in this photo is really magnificent. It gave the Cormorant such a wonderful warm glow. I love how the green eye stands out so well from the rest of the bird. I am not so sure about the blurring of this photo, it created some soft edges on the bird as well. I think I prefer a natural BG.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-28 8:33]

The strong colour in his eye really comes out well in the low angle of the sun here
superb composition and expert details

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-28 10:44]

Hi Manyee
Very nice portrait of that cormoran.The portrait is very shap with beautiful colors and light.I really like that green eye.
TFS Michel

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-08-28 12:26]

Well done Manyee! The warm light turned it's turquoise eyes green! Which looks pretty cool! Good pose and detail! You gotta love those birds! Cheers, Klaus

Magnifique gros plan, tous les détails y sont, le plumage, l'oeil sa couleur. Une réussite.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-29 4:11]

Hi Manyee.
Perfectly done shot of the nice cormorant. I like its great composition, lovely colours, effective cropping and excellent sharpness of the bird image. Colours and blurriness of the water is beautiful BG for this cute bird. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-01 14:05]

Hi Manyee

Beautiful colours. I love the green eye and the lovely warm light. Wonderful BG and great composition



bonjour manyee
ce portrait de cormoran est vraiment excellent,detaillé,net et lumineux;
c'est extra;

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2007-09-06 14:13]

The warm evening light is wonderful!

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