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800th Post

800th Post
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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: 2006-11-15
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
Theme(s): Milestones [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-01 5:03
Viewed: 4430
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Folks

This is my 800th post and to celebrate this event I thought I would share with you this interesting image of a Cormorant (Shag) that decided to bring ashore the eel he had caught. The problem being that the grass had been mowed beside the pond and as the Cormorant subdued his catch so he could eat it, the eel become covered in the mowed grass. It took the Cormorant a fair amount of time to clear it's beak of the grass, but he wasn't any the worse off for the experience. Thanks for looking.

Cormorants and shags are medium-to-large seabirds. The majority, including all Northern Hemisphere species, have mainly dark plumage, but some Southern Hemisphere species are black and white, and a few (e.g. the Spotted Shag of New Zealand) are quite colourful. Many species have areas of coloured skin on the face (the lores and the gular skin) which can be bright blue, orange, red or yellow, typically becoming more brightly coloured in the breeding season. The bill is long, thin, and sharply hooked. Their feet are four-toed and webbed, a distinguishing feature among the Pelecaniformes order.

They are coastal rather than oceanic birds, and some have colonised inland waters. They range around the world, except for the central Pacific islands.

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. Some cormorant species have been found, using depth gauges, to dive to depths of as much as 45 metres.

After fishing, cormorants go ashore, and are frequently seen holding their wings out in the sun; it is assumed that this is to dry them. 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. They typically have deep, ungainly bills which make it obvious that they are related to pelicans.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 5:33 p.m.
Date: 15th November 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/1250
F-Stop: F/5.0
Focal Length: 235mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-01 5:12]

Hello Pam,
A very impressive cormorant portrait. Interesting too with all that grass all over. Exposure and sharpness are first-rate. A very fine 800th image. Congratulations!
Best wishes,

800 posts Pam! You sure are the member who has this record... I'll check it later but I don't think that anyone here does :) Congratulations! You have many picture but they are all top quality so, this is even better and significant!!! This one is so funny with as usual, great and excellent details, beautiful lightning and perfect composition and exposure. This is very well done and congrats again for this impressive number and your great contribution here :-)))

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-01 5:31]

Hi Pam

Congrats on your 800th post, wow what a milestone to reach and great shots too. A superb shot to celebrate of the poor Cormorant with all the grass on its beak, nicely composed and a excellent POV and poce, nice sharp details and lovely natural colours and lighing too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-01 5:34]

hi Pam,
très belle image pour cette 800ème, la qualité est à la hauteur du talent. Excellent graphisme, netteté et couleurs impeccables.

Mille bravo.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-01 5:42]

Hi Pam.
Beautiful portrait of this cormorant.Again your picture technically high qualities,as usual.Also intriguing as to big quantity dry graminoids in beak.
I congratulate you to 800th post and I wish you much such gorgeous shots in future.
TFS and best greetings,Milos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-01 5:45]

Superb shot Pam!
Very sharp and impressive with a brilliant composition and fantastic POV.
Very well done,

Hi Pam,
at first: my congrats for 800 wonderful shot! This is a big work!!! I hope we see many others from you.
And then: This is a wonderful portrait shot! I like it very much. Excellent POV, exposure and sharpness too. This is an excellent composition. Thank you my friend from NZ.

Hi Pam,
Wow, 800 photos? That is really a lot. It clearly shows you dedication to this site. A huge congratulations for reaching this milestone.

You celebrated this milestone with a wonderful photo. Such a close capture with excellent details and really beautiful lighting. I really love the contrast of the bird and the OOF blue BG. The moment captured is wonderful with all the grass covering its beak and head.

Hi Pam, congratulation to your round event :-). The shot is worth the occassion, very sharp, interesting iluminated and great composed.TFS

Hi Pam,
congrats om yout 800th post and most of them aregreat ones,
waiting for the next 800th.
The pose and POV are very nice, very good details and lovely colours. The DOF is also very good, the bird standout well from the BG.
Beautiful wotk, my friend.

Spring- and sunny regards from the North.

un tres beau portrait !



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-01 7:27]

Hello Pam,
Brilliant capture!! A well timed, well lit, razor sharp and colourful action shot. What a perfect image to celebrate with! Congratulations!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-01 7:47]

Hi Pam.
My congratulations. You have presented yourself and to all of us great pleasure in the form of your wonderful pictures, notes and comments.

Your 800th post is great as great all your gallery. Terrific composition, razor sharpness, vivid colours of the shot and amazing pictured scene. Outstanding portrait work of skilful master. Bravo and steady.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-04-01 8:03]

Excellente photo!

Bravo pour cette belle composition,les couleurs sont justes et les détails sont parfaits.

An amazing acheivement Pam, great work.
A superb image, perfect in every way. A great composition, with great use of light.
Well done!

Hi Pam,
brilliantly clear, well illuminated, most elegant minimalized composition, funny to look at, well described in the notes.
Happy 800! Great work.
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-04-01 12:33]

Hi Pam,
Congratulation on your 800th post. Excellent shot. Amazing lighting and sharpness. Superb POV and DOF. The intense look and the grass all around its face make it look so original and awesome. Very nicely composed and framed. Kudos.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-04-01 12:54]
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Hi Pam

Frankly I feel like this cormorant looks, with a mouth full of chaff and getting tired of congratulating you each time with every next 100 postings. It seems like you are reeling them in at the speed of white light (chuckle). No, jokes aside, you are truly the king of postings (sorry, the queen…aaagh, you know what I mean). No question or miss understanding here about dedication and commitment. Another big C O N G R A T U L A T I O N.

This is a great "after action - zero satisfaction" shot. Heck, how would anyone feel after downing a slippery, slimy, and wriggling eel which left you with nothing else but a beak full of grass and dirt? Have you considered the outside possibility that the bird perhaps wanted to eat the grass on purpose to get rid of the taste of the eel? A clear, brilliantly sharp posting with stunning colours, superb BG, and excellent exposure that are all attributes of this technically perfect shot. And yes, a smashing composition as well.

Great work and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-01 13:10]

Hello Pam,
Congratulations on your 800th post!
This fine portrait of a grassy-billed Cormorant is a good celebratory shot. The sharpness, comp. subject and BG reflect the high standard of your shots in general and we certainly look forward to many more, as we enjoy and learn from your postings.
TFS and all the best,

Very rich and clean image Pam, the lighting makes this picture absolutely beautiful. Congratulation on your fantastic 800th. Wouldn't that be great if we could live to be that old too, although we would look like Shar Peis with wrinkles galore. :)

Hi Pam,
Top shot with top lighting. LOve the compo. Congrats on 800 posts.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-04-01 23:39]

Hi Pam,
Congratulations on your 800th post - what an achievment considering the all-pervading high quality of your album! It seems like an eternity ahead of me in my perspective... Also, with this funniest shaggy shag around on the site you mark it as a very memorable event! Wish you the best of luck for the future too!
With best regards,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-02 2:14]

Congratulations on your 800th post, Pam.
What an impressive accomplishment and what an accomplished portfolio. We have definitely enjoyed and learned from your beautiful images.
You have certainly chosen a great shot for this momentous occasion. You have captured the bewildered expression on this cormorant very well. What is one to do with all that grass on one's dinner?
TFS your talents and visions with us. : )

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  • jo8 Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (101)
  • [2007-04-02 2:52]

Love it, great capture and colours. Do you remember the 1st post? Doesn't time fly....wow,800th post, awesome. :) Looking forward to the next 800

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2007-04-02 2:54]

What a mouthfull for your 800th! Well done. Havn't had any time for ages but thought this was a momentous occassion. Well done and with such a neat photo.
I love the tight composition and the look in the birds eye one of shock at getting so much grass.
Well done

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-02 5:59]

Hi Pam and a big congrats to your impressive number of posts!
To many more!!!

This is again a fantastic shot and a magnificent portrait.
The details here are outstandingly sharp and clear and the shallow DOF choice here made a splendid blurry and contrasting BG behind this charming cormorant.
Even the grass is in great focus here :))
The colors are fantastic, too, very nicely saturated and exposed.
A splendid composition!

Bravo and TFS

Great colour and composition Pa. Parades. I like this a lot.
Very well done . TFS. Stev


what a wonderful 800th picture. It is a stunner. Great everything, so there is little point in adding anything to what has already been said other than CONGRATULATIONS.


Hi Pam, congratulations for your 800th splendid post on TN, great portrait with splendid light and colors, great focus, amazing details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-04-02 17:39]

Hi Pam,

Another milestone reached,you did it with a great posting with good colors and sharp focus,it must have been joyfull to see this happening with the eel,well done and TFS


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-04-03 1:48]

Hello Master Pam,
Wow 800th post ! And they are all great, like this amazing new one !
Thenks to share your talent and such beauties with us on TN.
Congratulations my friend.

That is a LOT of pictures :)
My sincere congratulations for all this posts, thank you very much, Pam.
You chose a good funny action post for the cellebration, the composition with this pose makes it.
Best regards, Felipe.

Hello Pam,
A incrediblñe image to celebrate your first 800 pics, all a record!!
Details are superb, I like the moment of collecting material for the nest and the excellent approach
Best wishes

Hi Pam,
AMAZING! 800 posts! I had to re-check your portfolio, which took some time. So many great photos. Again here you have done an excellent job. Great quality light and a spot on exposure. The colors and detail are superb. Flawless frame filling portrait. The mouth full of grass just makes it so much more special. Well done my friend! Your are an outstanding photographer!

Bonsoir Pam
Félicitation pour ta 800iême photo et tu l'as très bien choisie.
Très belle composition avec ce cormoran après faire son nid .Les couleurs ,les détails et la présentation tout est parfait.
Bravo et merci....JP

What an achievement 800 images, well done.
And a quite unusual shot to celebrate. Nevertheless its pin sharp as are most of your images these days.
Well done

Hi Pam,
CONGRATULATION for your 800th post.... wow that's a lot of beautiful shot ;o) Very nice capture of this cormorants. Excellent composition, POV, DOF and details. The exposure and colors are perfect too. Well done and TFS,

hello pam!
what a great picture!
i really like the situation
here and the very fine quality!
very good!

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2007-04-13 13:04]

VERY, very great shot - best cormorant I've seen!


Hi Pam,

Congratulations on your 800th post
and what a shot it is
It's a Beauty
Perfect compo, sharpness, details, colours, POV and DOF

TFS Thijs

Hi Pam:
Congratulations on your 800th post, and not only the 800th, but a great image as well! Its been amazing to watch you refine your technique from your early shots to the superb images you grace this site with. All the best, Alan

Great subject and wonderful timing for this capture, Pam. A bit daring to have framed this so tight, I'd say, but what wonderful results. Amazing control of the exposure here, I think shooting in raw gave you a bit of latitude, but a perfect job in the PP to get that exposure.
P.S. Congrats on #800. But just think of how many exposures it must have taken to get to 800 postings. If you're like me I keep less than 1/10th of those I shoot, and probably post 1/100 of those. So that's about a million exposures!

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