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Spotted Shag

Spotted Shag
Photo Information
Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Trips to New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-24 4:31
Viewed: 6651
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Spotted Shag (Phalacrocorax punctatus) is a member of the cormorant family that is endemic to New Zealand and is found along the coasts of both the main islands. This bird is in non-breeding plumage; during summer the facial skin become a bright pastel blue, the spots on the back become enhanced and they grow a distinctive double crest of feather on the head.
Spotted Shags fish entirely at sea, feeding predominantly on small fishes such as anchovies and pilchards. They nest in large colonies on coastal rocky islets and cliff faces.

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Very nice shot, the feather detail is wonderful as is the composition, pose and exposure. Well done.

Hi Chris, beautiful bird in great pose with good colors and fine details, excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Chris,
This came out nicely.
I nearly posted one very similar myself tonight,but I ended up posting the blues instead.
Nice job.

beautiful portrait, TFS Ori

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-05-24 7:32]

Hello Chris! That's perfect compositin and the sharpness is second to none! Great subject and great picture, well done, thanks!


Hi Chris,
A lovely pose of the Spotted Shag and excellent capture with wonderful DOF, POV and framing. I think all birds love you my friend :-) :p. TFS.


Hi Chris
Wonderful capture with great texture and color tones in the feathers
Superb sharpness and fine detail
tfs jon

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-05-24 10:00]

Hello Chris,

Excellent capture of this beautiful shag. Excellent composition. Very good sharpness and exposure. The colours are superb.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-24 10:28]

Hello Chris,
Excellent sharp photo of this Shag. Beautiful colours and a very good composition. Very nice POV.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-24 12:16]

Hello Chris,
An excellent POV and pose, fine sharpness and lighting and a great composition all contribute to making this an excellent image of a Spotted Shag, a species that one could easily recognise again, having seen this picture.
TFS this fine illustration,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-24 14:05]

Excellent photo of this Spotted Shag!!
Very sharp and great details.
Nice lighting too and the colours are spot-on.
Well composed.
Brilliant DOF.

Superb work!


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-05-24 14:14]

Hi Chris
this is a very nice image
very well done.

Hello Chris
Excellent photo with superb composition and focus
Well done


Very well captured. I like how your picture brings all the attention to the bird and leaves a OOF background. I think that worked really well here. Of course the detail, colors and sharpness are superb as well and add a nice touch to the shot. Very nicely done Chris.

Best Regards,


Hi Chris,
Perfect capture of this shag on the nice soft background, the details on the subject are excellent. TFS
Paul :)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-26 9:55]

Hello Chris,
Excellent close capture of this interesting Spotted Shag, a species new to me! You've captured this from a very nice POV showing its peculiar plumage and lovely colours. Very well done and thanks for showing it!
Best wishes, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-27 10:27]

Hi Chris,
Splendid shot of this Spotted Shag with amazing details and colours on its plumage. Nice pose captured with perfect light and exposure handling. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Ottima ripresa, complimenti!

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

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