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Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)
Copyright ©2011, Olav Agnar Frogner
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The Pygmy Cormorant is the smallest of the three European cormorants. Pygmy Cormorant is a species of warm climates, mainly restricted to lowland freshwater and brackish habitats. It has been recorded in: open water with sizeable trees in the proximity; fresh or brackish marshes with thick reedbeds; open water or slow-flowing fresh water, including oxbows, backwaters, ricefields, swamps and flooded fields where fish can be easily caught in shallow water; densely vegetated areas with trees, bushes and even small floating islets of dead plants. Pair-bonding activity takes place in the wintering areas, and eggs are eventually laid between the end of March and early July. Pygmy Cormorants breed in colonies, often with other species (cormorants, herons, Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia, Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus, etc.). Nests are in dense trees or bushes on medium to high branches or in thick reedbeds 1-1.5 m above water-level. The species breeds in south-east Europe (east from Italy), Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzebekistan, and winters primarily in Albania, Greece, the Balkan states, Turkey, Cyprus, Iraq, Iran, Azerbaijan and also Israel, Bulgaria, Romania and Syria.

Photographer: Olav Agnar Frogner
Folder: Danube Delta
Uploaded: 16-Oct-2011 11:56 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E-3
Exposure time: 1/800 s
Aperture: F4.9
Focal length: 283 mm
Lens: Olympus ZD 50-200 swd + EC-14
Focusing method: Spot
ISO: 640
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied:
Image resized to: 815x1000

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Also in this bird there's no detail. I think it's heavily cropped. Try to get closer to the bird.



Wim Westerhof at 19:38 CEST on 18-Oct-2011 [Reply]

But its funny though?

Thank you for feedback.
I agree that this is not the very best shot, far away actually.
This shot is only one of many in the folder by name: “Danube Delta”.
The photo has it function in illustrate the diversity and richness in the biosphere of the delta.
I will try to do better for the future…

Olav Agnar Frogner at 21:09 CEST on 18-Oct-2011 [Reply]