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Very Shagadelic baby, yeah!

Very Shagadelic baby, yeah!
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-22 4:00
Viewed: 3879
Points: 40
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Shag Factfile

Black Shag (Maori Name: Kawau)
The largest shag in New Zealand waters. Found on rivers lakes and coastal waters throughout New Zealand. Seen in the past as a competitor with fisherman for commercial fish species. Builds nests on coastal cliffs and in macrocarpara trees.
Occasionally seen around Armers Beach Lagoon (Kaikoura Peninsula) or resting on rocks around Kaikoura Peninsula. Shags feathers are designed to absorb water (unlike the feathers of many other seabirds which repel water) to make the birds negatively buoyant. Birds can be seen sitting on rocks with their wings spread out drying their feathers. Black shags are rarely seen offshore.

Pied Shag (Maori Name: Karuhiruhi)
Almost as large as the black shag. Distinctively coloured, large black and white coloured seabird. Pied shags have a large and distinctive hooked beak. Breeds throughout New Zealand with colonies in macrocarpa and pohutakawa trees being a distinctive feature of Northern New Zealand’s coastal environment. Like the black shag, pied shags were persecuted by fisherman being seen as being competitors for fish with fisherman.
Nowadays the pied shag is a protected species and the species is increasing dramatically in numbers in New Zealand's coastal waters. Feeds on coastal fish such as mullet and flounders and also paddle crabs. Pied shags dive below the surface to feed, diving down to depths of 20 metres.
Pied Shags are a distinctive and common bird along the Kaikoura Coast. They can be seen drying their wings on rocks or swimming around the inshore waters. Despite being almost an entirely coastal feeding species, pied shags nest inland at Kaikoura at Lake Rotorua. Pied shags are a social species and groups of birds can be seen resting on beaches, although they are generally a solitary species when feeding. Pied shags are a coastal species and rarely venture more than a kilometre or so offshore.

Little Shag (Maori Name: Kawaupaka)
Only half the size of the two previously mentioned shag species. Polymorphic species having a total black colouration or white throated phase or pied phase. Each of the 3 phases looks like either a miniature pied or black shag, but the little shag is easily distinguished by its smaller size. Numbers have increased dramatically in recent years. A freshwater and coastal species, but rarely seen offshore. Found throughout New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia. Feeds on small bullies around rock pools.

The above obtained from www.oceanwings.co.nz/albatross/shags/


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 10:54 a.m.
Date: 13th November 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
F-Stop: F/6.3
Focal Length: 235mm
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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LOL @ title... and an excellent image, details, colour and sharpness are spot on.

The composition is very nice, I especially like the fact that the branch is ending inside the frame. Sharpness and exposure on the black feathers: perfect. Bokeh in the background: very pleasing. TFS!

Perfect and cute, i cant add more ;o) Thanks for sharing,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-12-22 6:59]

Fantastique prise,l'éclairage fait ressortir les détails dans le plumage et l'oiseau est très joli.



Perfect exposure of a difficult color + beautiful composition + excellent pose of the bird makes this a wonderful pic!

Not to mention the caption LOL!!!! ;-) well done Pam!

Hello Pam,
Your POV is great here.
Nice clear and detailed shot.
Compo, BG and framing are quite nice too.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-12-22 7:52]

What a pose,nice details,good POV.Exposure is spot on!

A perfect portrait, nicely exposed, composed and framed. Nothing to criticise here!
Regards, Nigel

Hi Pam,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-12-22 11:28]

Pan bonjour, splendid portrait de ce magnifique oiseau pris dans une belle attitude. Les couleurs sont harmonieuses en en parfait accord, trés bon piqué également. Happy Christmas, Didier.

Grroooovvy baby!! Well done on the exposure and details. Thanks for sharing!!

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-12-22 17:45]

Special shot Pam, beautiful details, colours and sharpness.
Seasons greetings.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-12-22 17:53]

Mmmmmm, the 100-400 again, I'm drooling...:-) What a great exposure, we can see all the details of the black feathers. Just impressive ! You're a very good photographer, but I'm sure you knew that already. Thanks again.


Yeah baby yeah
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure. Love the title.
Thanks for posting.
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Hi Pam,
This one is rockin! Outstanding composition and framing. The soft light here has rendered beautiful colors. Very sharp detail in the plumage. Great pose...Great shot!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-23 2:46]

Beautifully captured shag, Pam. A lot of details on those silvery feathers. Sharp focus, excellent light. I like the simple, yet classic composition. Great job and TFS. : )

Lovely shot Pam. Just dropped in to wish you a Merry Christmas.

Hello Pam,

Wonderful capture,excellent sharpness and composition.BG is also good.TFS and have a nice Xmis.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-23 10:56]

Merry Christmas to you and to those whom you cherish, Pam, and thanks for sharing your beautifull pictures. I really believe that it is worth to make it to be in contact with our increasingly small world.
Take care.

Perfect in every way! Well done Pam. Merry Christmas! :)

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