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Kawau Shag

Kawau 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, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-05 2:19
Viewed: 5084
Points: 14
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Kawau Shag
Also known in New Zealand as the Black Shag

Cormorants and shags
are medium-to-large seabirds. 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.

Of the world’s 36 shag species, 12 are found in New Zealand. Eight of these are endemic – they are found nowhere else.

The remaining four are native to other countries as well as New Zealand. All except the Black / Kawau shag are fully protected by law in New Zealand, and it too is protected except in special circumstances.

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Ciao Janice, spplendid portrait of beautiful cormorant with fantastic eye, wonderful blurry BG, superb details, splendid natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Excellent shot, Janice, so close and so sharp.
I also love the blurred BG, nothing is disturbing from these impressive eyes, we can see reflections inside it, I like that, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Janice
great sharpness head with good details and beautiful colours
very nice shot Janice
greeting lou

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-05-05 12:42]

Hi Janice,

I enjoyed viewing your portrait of the Kawau or Black Shag. The POV that you had enabled me to see the very purposeful beak. The eye looks like a jewel. I love the eye ring also. Great colouring and details throughout. You must have been quite close, since you had your zoom at 140mm. Your f/6.3 opening blurred the BG exceedingly well -- it's almost as though there are several little spotlights behind the bird's head.

When I saw your photo, I was reminded of the Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) that I used to see near our former home in Connecticut. The Black Shag (Phalacrocorax carbo) is apparently known as the Great Cormorant also; this species is evidently similar to the Double-crested Cormorant, but a bit larger, according to Wikipedia. TFS.


Hello Janice,
Good portrait of the cormorant, with excellent colors and good details in eye, head and plumage. I disagree to have used f/6.3, he accomplished a beautiful backdrop, but resulted in the bird's beak is a little out of focus. Of the rest, is a technically well-managed photo. Good job. Regards, TFS. Jesús

Hello Janice,

This cormorant look so sweet!!! He looks like a very young bird. Nic pov with great natural colors. I like all those great details on the feathers and nice turqoise eye looking like a jewel. The lore is very colorful.

Great shot Janice and TFS,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-30 3:13]

Hello Janice,
very sharp and clear portrait of this kawau. Very nice feathers and sharp eyes rendered. Very attractive and effective composition to show the features and details.
Excellent presentation.


LOVE THIS, these are the kind of shots i am hoping to get! Just got an attachment lens for my DSL and dang..think i need a tripod now :(


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