Double-crested Cormorant

January 4, 2011
Double-crested Cormorant

1/640sec @ f/5.6
300mm, ISO200, +2/3ev
Evaluative Metering
Nikon D300
AF-S 70-300mm 4.5-5.6

An evil looking bird with some strange facts associated with it for those who are interested. Although it is classed as a seabird and spends most of its life on or under water its feathers are not waterproof. Its main diet is fish and it catches these by diving. With its feathers not being waterproof it poses a problem for the bird in that it has to spend a large amount of time sunning and drying itself. What is more bizarre is that it has webbed feet for being in the water. I have no idea how the lack of waterproofing evolved or even why it evolved. Some suggest that the process of drying aids digestion. This seems bizarre as many other water-based birds don’t do this.

The part that fascinates me is the eye. It is an almost sapphire blue and contrasts the yellow around the mouth beautifully.

Good parts of the shot are perhaps the head angle. The face and eye are slightly turned toward the camera. The detail on the wing feathers is also good. The pattern looks almost unreal.

Suggestions to make the image better would be a full capture of the bird. Perhaps a little more DOF than f/5.6 and finally a slightly higher angle of capture. As it stands the image is a little above the line of sight. Would have been great to be on the same level.