Cormorant - A fishing technique

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grat detaling and timing

Yves Langlois

Thank you Jeff. It was quit a good time of shooting.

Heather Mellon

Another excellent capture of the cormorant in action, Yves. You get a sense of how powerful their wings must be to stir the waters up this way. It also explains why they spend so much time on drying and preening their wing feathers. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this series is a great example of that. Thank you for sharing.

Yves Langlois

Thank you Heather. The great thing about nature is that there is always something new to learn. I am use to the cormarant for 3 years now. It is the first time I happend to see that move..

Debra Plett

Very nice story Yves, it makes perfect sense that this is a tactic used to catch fish. The arc of water created by the flapping of the wings adds dimension to the image. Nicely captured.

Yves Langlois

Thank you Debra. Yes, it make sense. Of course I presented only two shots that are the most interesting, but I have shots of the hole technique, from the slowly swiming up to the diving.. The bird did not emerge from the water with a fish though. He did that three times. before going to the rock.

Harold Fleming

The arc of the water from the wings makes a nice contrast to the straight line of water under the cormorant. Nice timing, Yves!

Yves Langlois

Thank you very much Harold

May be cormorants uses a similar technique than the whales to stunned fishes. I checked that young one for few minutes. He swims slowly, looking under water to find fishes. When he does, he flaps hardly on the water to stuns the prey. He complete by diving to catch the stunned prey. But may be they do that for another reason.
Taken By
Yves Langlois
Taken On
July 30, 2021
cormorant fishing technique water
  • Focal: 400
  • Lens Model: 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
  • Shutter speed: 0.002 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 5.6

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