I have been working on catching photographs of the Cormorants for a long while. Saturday I finally was presented an opportunity to achieve just that.

In the photo above the Cormorant landed in the correct spot as far as lighting and distance are concerned. They are co-operative birds staying in one place long enough to afford a change of camera settings. This is the first time I have been successful taking their images.

The Seagulls harass them whenever they have the opportunity, but then the Gulls bother everyone.

Normally while photographing the dark birds they get lost in the bright backgrounds. Flying high they don’t present a good opportunity for images. The day I took these the sky was overcast with drips of rain.

Their dark plumage makes them appear black against a featureless background, while editing these images of them flying the reason is plain to see.

Not only being high flyers they are fast, extremely so with the wind to their backs. They remind me of delivery trucks on a busy city street, back and forth on the slough all day long. They have wing movements like no other bird making them easy to distinguish from a distance.

“Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing.” Certainly describes the Cormorants style, it’s a real splash/stop display.

Jacques Lebec Shutter Flutter

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