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Neotropic Cormorants

Neotropic Cormorants
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-03 17:23
Viewed: 5819
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Image was taken from a canoe while traveling on the "rio san martin" in northern Bolivia.
The area is a true wilderness and there are hardly any roads (they are anyhow impassable most of the year) so main transport is via rivers.

from wikipedia:

The Neotropic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax brasilianus, is a cormorant found throughout the American tropics and subtropics, from the middle Rio Grande and the Gulf and Californian coasts of the USA south through Mexico and Central America to southern South America. It also breeds on the Bahamas, Cuba and Trinidad.

This bird is 64 cm long with a 100 cm wingspan, and weighs from 1 to 1.5 kg; birds of the southern populations tend to be bigger than the more northerly birds. It is small and slender, especially compared to the larger, heavier-looking Double-crested Cormorant. It has a long tail and frequently holds its neck in an S-shape. Adult plumage is mainly black, with a yellow-brown throat patch. During breeding, white tufts appear on the sides of the head, and the throat patch develops a white edge. Juveniles are brownish in color.

Its diet consists mainly of small fish, but will also eat tadpoles, frogs, and aquatic insects. This cormorant forages for food by diving underwater, propelling itself by its feet. It is also known to forage in groups, with several birds beating the water with their wings to drive fish forward into shallows.

Neotropic Cormorants are monogamous and breed in colonies. The nest is a platform of sticks with a depression in the center circled with twigs and grass. Up to five chalky, bluish-white eggs are laid. The eggs soon become nest-stained. Both sexes incubate for about 25–30 days, and both parents feed the young until around the 11th week. By week 12, they are independent. One brood is raised per year.

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cette composition est jolie mais je la trouve un peu trop sombre au niveau des volatiles, dommage, mais les autres couleurs sont belles
encouragements et merci du partage

Bellos colores y nitidez estupenda. Las aves asustadas...la piedra-isla se hace pequeña para esconderse y alzan el vuelo...ni siquiera la oscuridad las oculta de la cámara.
Un cordial saludo Shir.
Juan Luis.

hi shir,
nice shot, well composed,
you got the birds in action,
tfs & regards

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-12-06 14:30]

Hi Shir,
Don't know why this one didn't get more attention....I really like the action you have caught.Managed to catch the whole group as they took to the air....interesting how they all went in different directions.Like the clash of bright light and shadowed trees.Good stuff dude!
Regards, David

Hello Shir,
another one of your well taken, genuine wildlife scenes from primary forests that allow us a look into unspoiled nature.
I like the speedy action of lift-off in that scene of perfect tranquillity.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-05-22 23:36]

Hi Shir,
very good composition you've captured.
Feel like being there in the wildlife.


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