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118. Cormorant

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.

These are pictures taken in Periyar National Reserve.
This being my first of panning a bird in flight.

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.

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.

A cormorant swimming… just about to make a dive.


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      2010.02.25 Edited

      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!

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      2010.02.24 Edited

      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.

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      2010.02.24 Edited

      I liked all, but 1# is super, you could capture it just in the moment ;)
      very good ;)

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      2010.02.24 Edited

      Very nice shots of the nests. Looks like the young are nearly ready to leave.

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      2010.02.24 Edited

      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 ,