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Phalacrocorax lucidus

Phalacrocorax lucidus
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-04-01 3:15
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Class: Aves
Order: Suliformes
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Genus: Phalacrocorax
Species:P. lucidus

The white-breasted cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus) is much like the widespread great cormorant and if not a regional variant of the same species, is at least very closely related. It is distinguished from other forms of the great cormorant by its white breast and by the fact that subpopulations are freshwater birds.Phalacrocorax lucidus is not to be confused with the smaller and very different endemic South Australian black-faced cormorant, which also is sometimes called the white-breasted cormorant.The white-breasted cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus) is a member of the cormorant family Phalacrocoracidae. Its taxonomic status has been under discussion for some decades and several questions still have not been definitively settled. Phalacrocorax lucidus sometimes is treated as a subspecies of the great cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo lucidus, but some authorities (e.g. Sibley & Monroe, 1990, Sinclair, Hockey and Tarboton, 2002) retain its original treatment as an allospecies in the P. carbo superspecific group, in which case it is referred to as Phalacrocorax lucidus. A black-necked form originally classified as Phalacrocorax patricki or Phalacrocorax carbo patricki is now regarded as synonymous with Phalacrocorax lucidus.
As its name suggests, the 80–100 cm long white-breasted cormorant has a white neck and breast when adult, and the white area tends to increase as the bird becomes more mature. In other respects it is a large cormorant generally resembling the great cormorant.
The smaller and very different southern Australian black-faced cormorant, Phalacrocorax fuscescens, is also sometimes known as the white-breasted cormorant.The white-breasted cormorant is the only form of great cormorant found in Sub-Saharan Africa, the only form that has strictly freshwater populations and the only form with a white breast and throat; it does however interbreed freely with dark-breasted forms in central Africa.[1] It has a wide distribution; on the west coast from the Cape Verde Islands to Guinea-Bissau and from Angola to the Cape of Good Hope and northwards on the east coast to Mozambique. It occurs around the entire Southern African coastline, but it is not clear whether the coastal populations are separate from the inland populations. On the African mainland it occurs more frequently in eastern and southern parts, rather than in the drier western regions, where it usually is found only on perennial rivers and dams. On inland waters it commonly occurs together with the reed cormorant and the African darter, but it is ecologically separated from these species by its fishing habits and the size and nature of its prey.There are also inland populations in Nigeria and around Lake Chad, and in eastern and southern Africa from Sudan southwards. It can be found around the Red Sea, where it is sometimes referred to as the Red Sea white-breasted cormorant.(Wikipedia)

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Hello Luciano,
Thanks for visiting my gallery...Excellent capture with a nice, friendly specimen.
it seems to me that this nice fellow is not shy at all....Perfect focus, details and clarity.
It is a high quality image.
Thanks for sharing.

Elegant pose, Luciano.
Very crisp and attractive image. This species of Cormorant is new for me.
Wish we had more space in front of the bird.

হ্যালো লুসিয়ানো,
চমৎকার কম্পোজিসান। লম্বা-লম্বি ফ্রেমে অারও অাকর্ষক লাগছে। চকচকে পালকের ওপর অালোর ছটা এক সুন্দর প্রাকৃতিক সৌন্দর্যের সূচনা করেছে।
ধন্যবাদ সুন্দর ছবিটার জন্য

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-04-01 11:06]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent photo of this White-breasted Cormorant in superb sharpness, details and beautiful colors. Attractive pose in a nice composition.
Enjoy the weekend,

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  • summers (705)
  • [2016-04-01 13:02]

Hello Luciano,
Very nice shot, but a shame that the shadow is not complete and that there is not a bit more space on the left side.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-04-01 15:48]

Hello Luciano,
The White-breasted Cormorant is very attractive with it's snow white underbelly contrasting it's chocolate and tan back side. Appears to have it's eye trained on you at the moment, probably trying to figure out if you are a threat or just a curious observer. Focus is tac sharp and exposure is just right. Nice to see the catchlight in it's eye.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-04-03 1:01]

Hi Luciano,
Classic elegant pose that bird. Nice the eye's contact.
Excellent natural colours very good composition and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Luciano, foto di gran qualità di questo magnifico uccello, dettagli e nitidezza splendidi, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano

Beautiful shot of this white-breasted cormorant with a very fine low POV
obtaining its expressive and wonderful eye-contact, beautiful light,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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