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118. Cormorant

2010.02.24
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These are pictures taken in Periyar National Reserve.
This being my first of panning a bird in flight.
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All these shots are taken when on a boat ride through the Periyar lake. Tourists are not allowed into the core zone.., and buffer zone doesnt get as many animal sightings... but water birds were in abundance.

The shot below is of a nest of cormorants.
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A shot missed...?

My lens could not focus fast enough to get this picture sharp. I used AI Servo or Continuous servo to follow the bird. Maybe if I had focused on the tree and kept it locked till the bird flew in to land may have given me a sharper picture.

Any suggestions are welcome.
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A cormorant swimming... just about to make a dive.
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Vigilance!
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Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger)


It is a member of the cormorant family of seabirds.

It breeds in tropical south Asia from southern Pakistan through India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia.
It is resident but undertakes some limited seasonal movements.

It breeds in freshwater wetlands and on coasts.

A small cormorant, 55 cm in length, Little Cormorant is mainly glossy black in the breeding season, with white head plumes and a whitish throat. The wing coverts are silvery, and it has a longish tail.The sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner and lack the head plumes.

3-5 eggs are laid in a nest in a tree or long grass.

The Little Cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. A wide variety of fish are taken.

22 Comments
fotosalicante fotos muy logradas.enhorabuena.
fotosalicante · 2010-02-24: 10:24
blackhawk1552 well in a situation like that soub its really hard to get some focus , so you did the right thing making it in auto burst shutter release.then you can pan out the best result..the images comes out well achieve ! well done soub !
best regards ,
rob
blackhawk1552 · 2010-02-24: 12:18
dontblink Very nice shots of the nests. Looks like the young are nearly ready to leave.
dontblink · 2010-02-24: 12:50
smbunation Very cool. I like the first shot.
smbunation · 2010-02-24: 14:10
????? #3 jut a litlle bit funny shot xD
????? · 2010-02-24: 14:49
jennye great shots!! love the second one!!
jennye · 2010-02-24: 15:45
onlyricky I liked all, but 1# is super, you could capture it just in the moment ;)
very good ;)
onlyricky · 2010-02-24: 15:57
Lynda Nice set
Lynda · 2010-02-24: 16:01
SADHYA You did pretty well. #2 is great. I think this sort of photography is really specialist and takes lots of experience and hours and sometimes days sitting silently in a hide to get really fantastic images.
SADHYA · 2010-02-24: 16:16
SunFlower1990 These are Fantastic.
SunFlower1990 · 2010-02-24: 16:26
Latecomer #2 is brilliant!
Latecomer · 2010-02-24: 21:58
livelovelaugh These are great! 2 is my fav. :)
livelovelaugh · 2010-02-24: 22:23
????? well, it seems like the aperature was a little off in the first shot, but its still a nice pic....and I like the second shot...very nice set..:-)
????? · 2010-02-25: 00:20
????? Awesome!
????? · 2010-02-25: 10:25
????? Great set Soubha, I saw a cormorant yesterday on the sea and couldn't even get one bad shot of it as it kept diving under every time I caught it in the corner of my eye :-)
????? · 2010-02-25: 11:56
Ryana Stunning post!!
Second and last are my favorits!
Ryana · 2010-02-25: 12:41
TIM927 We have cormorants here too, it is amazing how long they can stay underwater. I'm really bad at shooting birds, so I admire this post a lot :)Love number 3!
TIM927 · 2010-02-25: 16:56
pickledherring Love this posting !
pickledherring · 2010-02-25: 20:26
jevsnw Nice set, panning can be so difficult especially in harsh light, but this is a great attempt
jevsnw · 2010-02-26: 09:49
miltonjacob well done. #2 is super
miltonjacob · 2010-02-26: 16:20
hannamagnusson Great captures!
hannamagnusson · 2010-02-28: 06:01
pandka Great set!
pandka · 2010-03-02: 09:03
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