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Little Black Shag

Little Black Shag
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-13 3:31
Viewed: 4192
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Little Black Shag (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Description: Small totally black shag. Juveniles are a light brown. About the same size as Little Shag but with longer slimmer beak and shorter tail. Often feed together in flocks where birds appear to cooperate in "herding" fish before diving in unison to catch them.

Habitat: Look for birds perched on branches and structures out in the lake.

Size: 60 cm

Information On Cormorant:The Phalacrocoracidae family of birds is represented by over thirty species of cormorants and shags. All but three are in the genus Phalacrocorax, the exceptions being the Galapagos Flightless Cormorant, the Kerguelen Shag and the Imperial Shag.

The names "cormorant" and "shag" were originally those of the two species of the family found in Great Britain, Phalacracorax carbo (the Great Cormorant) and P. aristotelis (the Common Shag). "Shag" refers to the bird's crest.

As other species were discovered by English-speaking sailors and explorers elsewhere in the world, some were called cormorants and some shags, depending on whether they had crests or not. Sometimes the same species is called a cormorant in one part of the world and a shag in another, e.g. the Great Cormorant is called the Black Shag in New Zealand (the birds found in Australasia have a crest that is absent in European members of the species).

Cormorants and shags are medium-to-large seabirds, usually with mainly dark plumage and areas of coloured skin on the face which are bright blue, orange, red or yellow. The bill is long, thin, and sharply hooked. Their feet are four-toed and webbed, a distinguishing feature among the Pelecaniformes order.

All are fish-eaters, dining on small eels, fish, and even water snakes. They dive from the surface, though many species make a characteristic half-jump as they dive, presumably to give themselves a more streamlined entry into the water. Under water they propel themselves with their feet.

After fishing, cormorants go ashore to dry their wings by holding them out in the sun. Unusually for a water bird, their feathers are not waterproofed. This may help them dive quickly, since their feathers do not retain air bubbles.

Cormorants are colonial nesters, using trees, rocky islets, or cliffs. The eggs are a chalky-blue colour. There is usually one brood a year. The young are fed through regurgitation.

The above obtained from http://cormorant.biography.ms/


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 11:55 a.m.
Date: 13th November 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/100
F-Stop: F/8
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,
I love the composition, framing, and crop on this shot. I love those long vertical shots,(Panoramas tilted vertical) You have excellent detail in those back feathers. Nice contrasting OOF backround. Very well done with a great note.

An amazing catch Pam, I love the details in the feathers and that wonderful blue in the eye.

An excellent composition in the vertical format, and great POV, BG, lighting and note.

Nice job!

Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-13 7:48]

What a wonderful and interesting Shag that you have well captured! I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Pam and thanks for sharing.

Beautifully composed, focussed and exposed. A tiny bit of PP to separate the bill from the background might be a perfect finishing touch?
thanks, Nigel.

beautiful exposure. every variation in the color is very clearly visible. the eyes looks like saphire. its amazing I have cormorants with red and green eyes. never seen a blue one yet. TFS!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-13 9:42]

As always with shags photos - great pose and beautifull blue eye. Strange - usually eyes of shags are emerald :-) Great work Pam!

Very sharp and detailed Pam. Well composed in the verical framing. Looks very similar to the Double Crested cormorant this. Excellent note as always.
Well done & Thank You!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-13 11:43]

Pam, they have beautiful eyes.

Excellent pose, dof, sharpness and pov.

I like colors too.

He seems proud and steady.

Nice shot Pam. I like the details, sharpness and POV. Great work and excellent note too. Thanks for sharing.

Les couleurs des plumes ressemblent à une carapace de bronze. La composition est très belle et l'oeil bleu tranche sur l'ensemble. Bien fait.

Excellent shot Pam! Clear and sharp. Nice pose of the bird with excellent DOF and details. Your bird stand out very well on this nice blurred background. TFS!

Wow! such a lovely pose...I also like his/her blue eye well detailed.
Brilliant capture...

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