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Pied Cormorant

Pied Cormorant
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Copyright: Les Bennett (williewhistler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 229] (1577)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 ED
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-25 13:43
Viewed: 3082
Points: 10
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The little pied cormorant is one of the smallest cormorants, and is common across its range. They call to each other with a croaking sound.

This species has a black back and a white front, similar to a penguin. This is called counter-shading and is common in marine animals. The black back looks like the dark water below and the white front looks like the lighter water above, an effective form of camouflage!

They are benthic feeders, which find their food on the sea floor. This is a mixture of fish and crustaceans, with the latter making up a huge 30-70% of the diet. They usually bring their food to the surface to swallow, and here they may suffer problems with red billed gulls who steal the food.

Like the other cormorants and shags, they are not as well waterproofed as other marine birds and have to dry their wings after several dives before they can fly again.

Little pied cormorants build their nests in the forks of trees near to water, usually near to other water birds. They court with a soft cooing sound. The female will lay 4 or 5 light blue eggs, and both parents incubate the eggs and feed the hatchlings. The hatchlings are ready to fly and leave the nest after 7 weeks.

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Ciao Les, lovely cormorant in great pose, splendid light, wonderful natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Les,
A very nice capture from close range of a wonderful bird.
Absolutely amazing details, colors and composition and sharpness.
The light and exposure are perfect as usual.
Thanks for sharing!

I found a nest recently and did hear that sound! GREAT CAPTURE!!!

Hi Les,
very nice photo of this bird. Perfect photo. Interesting pose. Nice natural colours and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Les,
Excellent composition and very good quality. A beauty.

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