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Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant
Photo Information
Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, NIKKOR AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 ED DX VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-08 20:24
Viewed: 3879
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While walking down the South bank of the Yarra River in Melbourne, I saw this guy just sitting on the end of a dock. He is obviously used to people, or he was very tired, and didnít have a problem with me taking his picture.

The Little Black Cormorant is said to be distributed throughout most areas of Australia, common in small freshwater lakes and rivers, though they will also be found on sheltered coastal waters. They are totally black with a greenish sheen to the back, a grey hooked beak and with blue-green eyes. They congregate in larger flocks than other cormorants and fly in V-shaped formations. They are strongly aquatic, seldom being seen on dry land, other than to rest on rocks, jetties and other perches. They feed on fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects. They capture their prey underwater. They have special nictitating membranes that cover and protect their eyes. They nest colonially, often on the fringes of heron or Ibis colonies, building large stick nests in the fork of a tree or on the ground. Both sexes share nest building, incubation and rearing of the young.

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To mlines: Cormorant Sitting by the RiverJPlumb 1 02-24 20:02
To milas: ThanksJPlumb 1 01-16 23:04
To Evelynn: Accomodating BirdJPlumb 1 11-28 21:36
To AndyB: Strong LightJPlumb 1 11-28 21:22
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Witaj John (Janku)!
Bardzo ladny kormoran. Spokojny, dumny i chyba troche rozleniwiony. Ostre piorka i podoba mi sie tez kawalek jego cienia.
Pozdrawim CiÍ serdecznie - Roma

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-11-09 17:56]
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Hello John,
A very good shot of the cormorant.
A good pose,nice sharp detail and very good DOF.
The light looks like it was quite strong but you've managed that very well.
Good work,thanks for sharing.

Hello John, and welcome to TrekNature. I like the composition you chose for this shot. The foreground sharpness against the blurred background is effective. I love the pattern on this fellow's wings.


Evelynn : )

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2006-12-25 14:30]
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selam john;
GŁzel bir kare gerÁekten...tebrikler..selamlar

Hi John. Good clear capture of this cormorant sitting by the river, maybe looking for a meal. Good cropping and balanced image. TFS. Murray.

Hi John,

A nice image of the black cormorant, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hello John,
A fine composition with interesting details in the bird!
The plumage is well captured, sharp with crisp colours...
Pablo -

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