A Quivering Cormorant

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Good one on that in the tree good shot of him

Heather Mellon

Thank you Jeff. I think it was lucky for me he chose that branch which jutted out a bit or I might never have spotted him that day.

Clifford Dupuis

Very interesting story. This is a great pic to visualize your comments and it is the sign of a good photographer to know their subjects so well as you do here by knowing their favorite location.

Heather Mellon

Thank you for your kind words Clifford. These birds always seem to provide great poses and every photographer loves that. I've developed a keen interest in all the birds I photograph and find them all pretty amazing, each in their own way.

Debra Plett

Splendid capture Heather. The image portrays your fact nicely. I always appreciate learning the habits of the wildlife being photographed. Nicely composed and I really like how one branch curves and flows along the head of the cormorant and the same branch curves in the opposite direction of the cormorant’s chest subtly framing the bird.

Heather Mellon

Thank you Debra. I like the way the branches framed the bird in this shot too but wasn't sure at the time whether or not I had the best focus on him. I decided to leave with the shots I had due to the heat and fortunately it turned out okay.

Yves Langlois

Love that beautyful shot with cormorant composed with green trees. Color and details are great. Super that you did the shot on purpose to show their quivering habit. Interesting palm feet details and that very special looking tail. Well done Heather.

Heather Mellon

Thank you Yves. They were hard to spot that day and I was just about to give up when I finally saw this one. It always seems like once you catch sight of one it's easier to pick out the other birds too. Needless to say I was happy to get this shot.

It was almost too hot out yesterday to be lugging my camera around but since I was in the area I decided to pop into the park to check on the Cormorants. They have a particular tree above the creek where they've always hung out. I managed to spot three of them with open beaks quivering constantly but it was something I hadn't seen before. On checking further I found out that it is called the ‘gular flutter’ and it's what Cormorants, Herons and Great Horned Owls do to beat the heat.
Taken By
Heather Mellon
Taken On
August 20, 2022
cormorant on a poplar tree in muskoseepi park bird animal waterfowl
  • Focal: 450
  • Shutter speed: 0.002 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 7.1

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