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The Maori and the Shag

The Maori and the Shag
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-12-05 4:14
Viewed: 3851
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Maori People and Shags

Maori considered the shag to be the offspring of one of their gods.

Shags were noted for their straight, unswerving flight and there are many sayings referring to this. They were not an important food supply but were occasionally eaten.

Shaggeries in trees or on cliffs were visited to take the young before they could fly. These shaggeries were known by special names and were often given as evidence of occupation in the Land Court.

In Māori sayings, someone obviously poised /ready to leave, is compared to a shag (kawau) ready for flight: ‘Ka maro te kaki o te kawau’ (the shag’s neck is stretched out).

People on a determined course of action are ‘me kawau ka tuku ki roto i te aro maunga’ (like a shag making for a mountain face).

Shags also symbolise tenacity / stubbornness: ‘E kore te kawau e neke i tona tumu tu’ (the shag will not move from his stump).

The dejected air of a sitting shag gave rise to the Kiwi phrase, ‘as miserable as a shag on a rock’.

Check out here. This is the pond where we found the shag.

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Nice and clear focus on the eye, good detail and colours. Very nice shot...

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-12-05 4:46]

Hi Janice!

Excellent post, full of interesting Maori proverbs! I didn't know that Shags are so important for Maori people. We've got many shags/cormorants in Poland, but they're not very popular in Polish language or traditions. Strange. Definitelly Eagle and Stork are rulers :-) Photo is very good, close portrait and perfect eye with your silhouette in it. Superb work my friend!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-12-05 5:12]
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Hello Janice,
You were with Pam ? It seems to be the same bird ;-) You made a wonderful portrait of this Shag. Exposure, Sharpness and DOF are very good. Background is pleasant. The details on yellow skin are impressive.
Bravo my friend !

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-05 5:13]

Hi Janice

This is another great portrait from you!
The sharpness of the detailsand textures is impressive here and the colors look great!
Also the pose of this shag is excellent and the shallow DOF managed very well to focus all the attnetion on it and not have anything else distracting in the frame.
Nice lighting and composition, too!
Bravo and TFS

hi janice,
lovely portrait shot,
excellent sharpness,
details captured well,
well saturated colours,
nice dof, fine pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-05 6:05]

Bonjour Janice!

Félicitations pour ce beau portrait,les détails sont excellents et les couleurs sont parfaitement exposée.


Hello Janice,
This is a very good portrait of this bird that I find so funny! It is very close with excellent details, POV, colors and composition. There is just a lack in details at the end of its beak but this is really minor ;-) Its eye is just amazing and those colors are very well saturated. Well done!
PS interesting notes too

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-05 7:01]
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Hello Janice,
I like the detail of the eye and base of the bill in this shag portrait and the BG is great.
Of course if the light allowed it you would have reduced the aperture to get a sharp tip of the bill. But we know that the nice thing about nature photography is that we have to make the most of what is avaliable and you did just that.
TFS, best wishes, Ivan

Hello Janice!
Great this close up of the shag.
Plenty of details, the skin around the beak takes it all my atention.
Nice feather texture also.
The DOF makes a perfect background to enjoy the bird.
Congratulations and thanks for share,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-05 10:32]

Hello Janice,
Wonderful portrait.POV,BG,clear details,framing and composition are excellent.You are in his green eyes:)Have a great day!

Belle photo, je suis désolé mais des problèmes familiaux m’empêchent d’épiloguer. Thomas

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-12-05 11:08]

Hi Janice,
Great portrait, so crisp and clear. Full of details and very good sharpness.
Great work

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-05 12:37]

Hello Janice,
that´s a very nice capture. Excellent colours and very good sharp details. Composition and POV/DoF are great also. Very well done.

Hi Janice,
Great models ;-)
They don't move a lot and they are not flying away:-)
Plus.. they are beautiful birds especially the eyes are wonderful. You captured the latter very well. Colourful BG is good too...
Good close up.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-05 14:29]

Great close up Janice with perfect sharpness and details.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, color, lighting, background, framing, notes and PP.

I don't like it: nothing.

Very cute presentation... TFS.
Regards... Ricardo

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-05 14:48]

Hi Janice

What a beautiful portrait, the composition is excellent with a great POV and fabulous pose, superb sharpness with really natural colours, love the reflection in the Shag's eye.

TFS Hilary ;o)

Hello Janice,
this is a wonderful portrait shot from the cormorant. I love it. Excellent POV, framing and great sharpness. Very nice colours and great exposure. This is a great composition. Thank you my friend.

Hello Janice
Great shot, and great composition.
The colors and the details are superb and the POC and BG excellent. Love the expression of the eye.
Regards and TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-06 4:34]

Great portrait, Janice. BRAVO.
Amazing pose of the bird. Outstanding details: we can see even the smallest objects in it eye. BG is really fantastic: colourful, perfect blurred. The colour tones and lights of the shot are excellent too. Very well balanced art work. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Janice. Perfect clarity and good colour. A remarkable close up. Good to see this and read the interesting note. Murray.

Hello Janice

lovely portrait of this big bird
the focus on the eyes is perfect
details and colours are very good too



Well done Janice.
That eye is tack sharp and clear, nice.
Very good color, detail, comp, POV, exposure, and..I see you in there :)
Have a good day!

Wonderful portrait. Such thoughtful eyes!

Hi Janice

I uploaded another shot of this friendly wee chap tonight. I have so many nice shots I don't know which one to upload! He sure is/was the perfect model. Well done on the compo. Have uploaded a ws. Thank you MF!

What a fantastic closeup of this shag-a-delic bird. Great exposure showing incredibly nice details. :)

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