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Reed Comerant

Reed Comerant
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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 55 - 300mm Zoom, UV filters
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-07 2:17
Viewed: 2657
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Reed Cormorant (Microcarbo africanus), also known as the Long-tailed Cormorant, is a bird in the cormorant family Phalacrocoracidae. It breeds in much of Africa south of the Sahara, and Madagascar. It is resident but undertakes some seasonal movements.

This is a common and widespread species, and is not considered to be threatened. It breeds on freshwater wetlands or quiet coasts. Two to four eggs are laid in a nest in a tree or on the ground, normally hidden from view by long grass.

This is a small cormorant at 50–55 cm length and an 85 cm wingspan. It is mainly black, glossed green, in the breeding season. The wing coverts are silvery. It has a longish tail, a short head crest and a red or yellow face patch. The bill is yellow.

Sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner, with a white belly. Some southern races retain the crest all year round.

The Reed Cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. It takes a wide variety of fish. It prefers small slow-moving fishes, and those with long and tapering shapes, such as mormyrids, catfishes, and cichlids. It will less frequently eat soles (which can be important in its diet locally), frogs, aquatic invertebrates, and small birds.
Info Wikipedea.


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Nicely isolated from the natural background and a nice pose from the bird. Well done and thanks for sharing.

Hola Pauly.

Simpatica foto la pose del cormoran contribuye a ello.Buenos detalles del plumaje y buen enfoque.
Saludos y que tengas un buen dia.

Super bird portrait!
Very nice and well exposed image with good sharpness and details, good strong composition, lovely natural colours:

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-07 2:47]

Hi Paul,
Excellent photo of this Cormorant, very good sharp and colorful details, TFS!

Excellent DOF, reflection in the water and clarity of the Cormorant’s feathers and eye sparkling in the sun. Well done.

Hello Paul,
lovely picture of this Reed Cormorant with good light and natural colours. I do like the vertical framing and its pose with the mouth wide open. Good sharpness and nice reflections on the water.
Best wishes,

Hello Pauly

Very beautiful photo of the Reed Comerant
with the cormorant typical pose, fine POV
and appropriate framing, excellent against daylight
(contre-jour) effect, great focus sharpness details,



Helle Pauly !
Lovely pic with amazing DOF! I love the balance of lightness.Good job!TFS
Regards from,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-07 6:25]

Hello Pauly,
Very nice photo of this Reed Cormorant in beautiful natural light and colours. Excellent sharpness, details and DOF. Nice OOF BG.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-07 7:09]

Fine species captured well with good lighting. tfs.

Hello Paul, very nice for another shot this cormorant, a great image and a great light. Best wishes, Paul

Hi Pauly,
another interesting and nice portrait of bird. I think it is singing. Nice colours and composition. Very good light.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Paul, wonderful cormorant on a nice blurry BG, lovely composition with beautiful natural ambientation, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-07 8:37]

Hi Paul,magnificent pose and fantastic light inside this beautiul pic.Great sharpness and colors too,it seems to hear the song...ehehe...Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

hello Paul
very nice pose with good details and good naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Paul - a lovely capture with excellent BG. You seem to have waited for the beak to open. great focus too...TFS

great capture, very nice details and good control of the light, congrats Paul for the picture and for the excellent composition,

ciao, tino

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-07 11:00]

Hello Paul.
Great portret shot from the comorant ,very good compositie details colours sharpnes POV and BG.
Best regards Siggi.

Hello Pauly
Another Beautiful photo of this interesting bird. Very good composition, beautiful lighting, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hello Paul,
Exceptional composition with a superb bird.
Amazing details and very good focus as usual.
Very good clarity and light.

Hello Paul,
Great close-up captured with good details and natural colours in a pleasant composition. Well done!

Oportunidad en el disparo, buen enfoque y particularmente
me gusta que se vea parte de su entorno.
saludos Paul: J. Ignasi

Such a grand view with the opened beak my friend Pauly. Love the tiny eye and the rendered bokeh signifies the natural setting. Excellent dorsal pov with well metered exposure and pristine sharpness. Thanks and have a nice day,

Pauly, great shot of this cormorant. I haven't seen one of these. Ours are the double-crested cormorant. Have a great weekend, Bill

Hi Paul,

The fallen tree is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Reed Cormorant. The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The afternoon light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


Ciao Paul. Perfect backlight's managment abd very good POV. Stunning details. Interesresting blurred graphic BG.


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