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Saturday, October 07, 2006,5:31 AM
CORMORANTS
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Not very pretty looking birds, but the pattern on the feathers is really lovely. I am not comfortable taking their pictures. Some kind of fear grips me.


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Their claws are made like oars, helps them in take off and they are pretty fast.


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The first impact water drops are still in the air and the bird has traveled so far. Its a joy to watch their landing and take off


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When I saw the picture I thought this bird has 2 heads, actually there is another bird in the background


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They fly very fast just inches above the surface of water. I wouldn't request them to sing. They are not very good singers.


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Not a good house keeper, their nests are pretty messy


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33 Comments:


  • 1:11 PM, Anonymous Ruth

    Always love your photos of birds. Now I'm more impressed after my own attempts at the lake with herons, geese and other birds. Pretty pathetic. Love the shot from behind of the nest.

     
  • 10:19 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Ruth, you see only 10% of the pictures, which are presentable.
    I have lots of junk. only the feet or the beak, Many times I click only to find there's no bird in the frame. I am too early or too late. Luck and patience play a great role while taking pictures of the birds. I have lots of pictures of Night Herons which I have not posted so far. I'll post them next.

     
  • 9:04 AM, Anonymous Ruth

    Yes, those are the best, the frames that are completely blank. Where did they go?? I had lots of those that were supposed to have geese flying over in a beautiful "v". I guess they "flew south."

     
  • 4:31 PM, Blogger kathy

    well these birds have better things to do other than keeping a tidy nest LOL my kind of bird :)

     
  • 2:57 AM, Blogger Lorraine

    I will keep on trying, let's see if I can comment from my old blog log in :)
    I love this series of photo, the first one though of the water absolutely amazes me, it's soooo vibrant :)

     
  • 11:55 PM, Blogger intelligentwins

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  • 11:58 PM, Blogger intelligentwins

    excellent pics..shows ur professionalism..u need lot of patience n luck to shoot birds esp..u must be having both in abundance :)
    this bird is very new to my dictionary..
    when i first i saw i thought im seeing a dodo but then saw the birds name at first and recalled taht dodos are extinct..
    very informative! and creative !!

     
  • 5:24 AM, Blogger Kate

    There's more than "luck and patience" here, Rauf. You're doing beautifully!!

     
  • 7:20 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Hi Neeru,
    Cormorants are pretty common, I am not an authority either, have lots of pictures of birds that I can't identify myself.

     
  • 7:23 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Lorraine Hi
    You have a new profile picture !
    Cormorants have amazing speed. Needs a lot of patience, I get frustrated easily Lorraine.

     
  • 7:24 AM, Blogger Rauf

    oh yes Kathy, keeping intruders like me away from their nest is a big job

     
  • 7:27 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Ruth I have posted some of my junk here in blunt knife a few months ago. Since I have only one card, I keep deleting all the blanks at the end of the day. Then I find only few frames with birds.

     
  • 7:33 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Luck is not always on my side Kate

     
  • 12:03 AM, Blogger "Angeldust"

    wow!
    you are certainly fortunate and have a better camera than me - not sooooo hard, I guess...
    Nice pics, nice spot.

     
  • 10:39 PM, Blogger Don Iannone

    Supreb! Wonderful pictures and birds.

     
  • 1:02 AM, Anonymous Tricia

    Beautiful series of photos. Your cormorants seem to be much larger than ours here in Canada - they look a bit different too. It was very interesting to see so much detail.

     
  • 2:46 AM, Blogger Rauf

    I have an ordinary digital Panasonic Angeldust. Its not SLR These pictures were taken in Kumarakom in Kerala, its a nice spot but couldn't stay there as the place is so expensive that I did not even afford a cup of coffee there. Just spent a couple of hours in a boat.

     
  • 2:46 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Thank you Don.

     
  • 2:52 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Welcome to my blog Tricia, my main blog is 'daylight again' which I keep updating regularly though not daily. Right now I am writing about the environmental issues. Its a long series of posts.

    We have different sizes of cormorants, and we have little cormorants too. I'll post their pictures soon.
    thank you so much for stopping by Tricia.

     
  • 9:03 PM, Blogger Patty

    I am always learning about new interesting creatures from your sites. I enjoyed the pictures of the cormorants and reading about them. thanks for sharing, Rauf!

     
  • 2:43 AM, Blogger krystyna

    Hi Rauf!
    You are doing great job about Enviroment.
    Wonderful pictures and descriptions about cormorants.
    Thanks and best to you!

     
  • 5:29 PM, Blogger Rauf

    I do not know much about cormorants Patty, there are different kinds. We have little cormorants too.

     
  • 5:29 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Thank you Krystyna

     
  • 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    wow..nice pics.
    yeah..tehy odnt look like they could sing..much!

    and they do look ugly but stilll....that flight!

     
  • 5:51 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Their speed is amazing Mystic Rose.
    I get a chill when they look at me. a bit scary they are.

     
  • 2:00 AM, Blogger Don Iannone

    Rauf...hope that you are well. This is a wonderful couple of series you posted. What a master you are with the camera.

     
  • 5:02 PM, Blogger Rauf

    I am fine Don, Thank you, hope you are doing well too

     
  • 12:39 AM, Blogger Leila

    They look like ugly ducklings...I am sure they are beautiful to themselves.

     
  • 3:41 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Yes they are Laila, Amazing speed too. Its a joy to watch them take off and land on water.

     
  • 6:12 PM, Blogger Hayden

    I love cormorants - love to watch them sitting with their wings out, drying in the sun.

     
  • 12:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

    awespme pics!! reak koollllll

     
  • 5:14 AM, Anonymous bart

    fantastic pictures!!

     

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