<< Previous Next >>

Open Wide...

Open Wide...
Photo Information
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: 2007-01-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-22 1:57
Viewed: 4804
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Little Shag (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos brevirostris)

Maori Name: Kawaupuka

The smallest shag found in New Zealand. Plumages are highly variable ranging from all black to pied, but all have short stubby, yellow bills (adult), a brown eye and black feet. Adults have yellow facial skin and a small black crest on the forehead. Silent away from their colonies, at the nest they are noisy making a variety of harsh croaks and whistles.

Mainly small fish (smelt, bullies, goldfish, flounder, sole) and freshwater crayfish make up their diet.

Little Shags nest in large colonies in trees, low bushes or on ledges usually near water. The breeding season is from August to March with a peak in October t November. The nest is a platform of sticks and leaves about 30 cm across. Clutches contain 2 – 5 pale blue – green eggs. There is no New Zealand information on incubation or fledging periods.

Vital Statistic

Conservation Status: Protected native
Mainland Status: Widespread and common (esp. Northern NZ)
Size: 56cm, 700g
Life Span: 6+ years
Breeding: August - May
Diet: Small fish & fresh water crayfish

The above obtained from http://www.tiritirimatangi.org.nz/Fauna/ShagLittle.htm


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 5:01 p.m.
Date: 20th January 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/320
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 330mm
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

ellis49, SelenE, scottevers7, Tamrock, jaycee, marhowie, gallezeric, ramthakur, whjb, hester, horia, cecilia, glazzaro, jeanpaul, JPlumb has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To ellis49: This one looks ok on my monitor.coasties 1 01-22 02:42
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hi Pam,
a very good and funny pictrue with good details and nice colours. It's funny to see they are blue inside the beak.
Well exposed and this one looks ok on my monitor.
Well done, my friend.

We have 20cm snow and -8C at the moment.

excelent shot;-) very great photo;-)

What an interesting shot Pam! Loks like this lil on eneeds a dentist... or it has a smelt stuck in its gullet.

Very expressive photo which doesn't give us just another pose!

Details , technical aspects all above reproach. So I am not wasting time in that department! WELL DONE! Jay

PS One question: What size are these Little Shags?
< Oops , just fould it; 2 feet>
PSS We have a Shag Bay here!

Hola Pam
Un gran momento el que captaste en este retrato, mis felicitaciones.
Un saludo

  • Great 
  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-22 4:23]

Hi Pam,
Your timing is very good- showing inside the mouth. I liked the composition and framing. TFS

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-22 5:23]

Hi Pam,
Great action shot - it looks like a young one who is hungry! Very nice composition showing pretty good details and nice colours.
TFS and regards, Ulla

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-22 5:45]

Hello Pam,
An amazing capture that apart from the blue and yellow (Swedish colours), shows how the upper mandible of the bill can hinge upwards!
Fine comp. and the slightly noisy BG does not detract from the standard of this shot.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

hi pam,
nice shot,
well composed,
nice pov, good dof,
lovely colours,
tfs & regards

Hi Pam,
A great pose you caught here. Good timing. Very well composed and framed shot. Light quality is excellent as is your exposure. The colors and detail in the plumage is perfect. Well done!

hi pam!
what a great pose and a
very beautiful background
sharp and fine composition
well done!

  • Great 
  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-01-22 9:10]

Hi Pam,
Love the pose, the blue mouth & yellow beak are a nice combo.
Badruddin Ali

Hello Pam,

Excllent work, great colors bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp, Nicly compsed and capture photo excllent work,

TFS Kyle

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-22 10:36]

Hi Pam.

Beautiful shot of the Shag - another one I have never seen. And the open beak makes it even better! I love his pose against the green background. TFS


Very cool pose Pam :)
Your POV and composition is flawless.
I like the diffuse green BG. It's sharp & detailed, with great DOF, color, and exposure.
Nice work mf.

hi Pam

very beautiful composition beautiful moment that you has well captures bellecouleurs and a very good clearness cheer

I have seen this bird for the first time, Pam. I see it has webbed feet -- something curious.
Thanks for the precise note; it helped in knowing this bird.
Wonderful shot from you as usual.

Very good image, Pam.
Especially the compo is strong. The open beak is certainly a plus!
Well exposed; good sharpness and tones.
Vivid colors.
A nice presentation.

  • Great 
  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-22 14:09]

Hi Pam

Great timing, love the pose. Pin sharp details, nice DOF, great POV and stunning colours



  • Great 
  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-22 16:42]

Hi Pam

Please...tell him to be a bit more discreet...he's bothering the other animals :))))
What a stunning pose and excellent timing!!!
I really like the POV here, too, as well as the great DOF that isolates him from the BG. However, despite being blurred, the BG is still a bit distracting...did you try blurring it more?
Anyway, the colors are also wonderful and the details razor-sharp.
A very beautiful composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

Excellent wildlife photography, pin sharp and beautiful detail and colours.
well taken...

Hi Pam,
Great captured moment all with an excellent exposure, all the whites came out very nice. :)

Brilliant detail and exposure in the white, this is excellent camera work, well done!


Hi Pam,
Greatly captured.
Great sharpness and very neat image.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

Bonjour Pam
Il est plendide ce portrait de ce magnifique oiseau pris dans une belle position et qui semble appelé sa maman. Les couleurs sont harmonieuses en en parfait accord, trés bon piqué également.
Merci et au revoir...JP

  • Great 
  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-01-23 15:31]

Hi Pam, this is great, you've got all the elements here that make for a great photograph. The shot itself is very well composed. The bird is extremely sharp showing all the detail I would look for, and he's active, letting out some kind of scream, by the looks of things, giving you a shot right down his gullet.

Thanks, John

Calibration Check