02 September 2013

Cormorants and Darters

 
Lake Macquarie, at Morisset, N.S.W.  Believe this rustic structure had once been swimming/baths, and I hope it remains there as long as because, what a great spot for these birds to sit and contemplate

a fisherman was drifting way out there in his canoe.  I'm sure he would've been in a contemplative mood too

as I was also (in a contemplative mood).  That is, wondering what f-stop would be best, should I put the exposure + or - for this Pied Cormorant

with a little (out of focus) Welcome Swallow, sitting alongside.  Hadn't realized it was there when taking the photo; my eye in the viewfinder was on the cormorant



Darters



  Black Cormorant

19 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Lovely series on the Cormorants! The Little Pied Cormorant is my favorite, very cute! Great photos, Carole!

TexWisGirl said...

your two-tone birds are so handsome!

Brian King said...

These are wonderful, Carole! You did a great job! The portrait shot of the cormorant is fantastic! Very handsome bird!

Lisa Gordon said...

They are beautiful, Carole, and this looks like such a peaceful place to be.

Helma said...

What a beautiful cormorants Carole! With us they are only in black and with you I see a beautiful white belly. Especially photo 4 I think that's great!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Carole Lovely series of shots of the Cormorants. The white is very white on them!!

Joop Zand said...

Very nice photo's Carole....i like this post.

Greetings, Joop

http://joopzandfotografie.blogspot.nl

Jeanne said...

You did a great job with the choice of the f stop! Albeit you did miss that little guy in the back, but you could just photoshop him out. The cormorants are lovely and look quite large. Had never seen a darter before. Lovely markings.

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful Cormorant shots! So pretty with all the white on them.

Bob Bushell said...

Oh yes, the forth has it, lovely. The Little Pied Cormorant is what we were waiting for, thanks Carole.

Dianne said...

"The meeting of the Comorants" and you were there to capture it. Will click over and check out your dragonfly.

Digi-Irma said...

Carole, lovely series, especially picture 4 is totally awesome.
This kind with the white belly here you do not see.
Greetings Irma

DeniseinVA said...

Amazing birds Carole, you have captured them beautifully.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - great set of pictures - and I agree that water birds like this do make use of our abandoned woodwork.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

PS: I think that the Little Pied - may be a Pied Cormorant instead. (I never know if I should do things like this - because the key thing is that its a good looking bird!)

Carole M. said...

enjoyed everyone's comments, thank you. Stewart: it's never an issue that I be picked up on bird specie/type. From the distance it hadn't occurred to me at all that they were the Pied Cormorant instead of the Little Pied Cormorant. I'm really happy to have it pointed out, it's how I learn (sometimes). Will make changes to the post...

Chris Rohrer said...

WOW!!!! Those cormorants are way cool!!! I'd love to see those beauties! You've captured some incredible birds here.

Wally Jones said...

Carole, I really enjoyed your post. We have many similar scenes of deteriorating water structures around here and it would look quite forlorn without cormorants and darters (anhingas) posing on every post!

Nice work!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Marvelous photos of the different Cormorant. So beautiful !!!
Best regards, Synnöve

Birgitta said...

Wonderful photos!