Sunday, November 23, 2008

CORMORANT TO GO! - CRITTERS

Cormorant, Ramsey Harbour


Very early followers of Ramsey Daily Photo know all about Babooshka and the family of cormorants that hang around Ramsey Harbour. These are my nemesis bird! I am constantly chasing them to shoot(I should add with a camera, not a gun!) and the results are shown here.
When I have the big camera and all the lenses, great weather conditions, they are no where to be seen. When I have the big camera, wrong lenses and poor weather conditions ie bad light of course they appear, flapping around showing off, diving for fish- a real bag of tricks and an abundance of photo opportunities. Typically I didn't have the telephoto lens, the light was oppressive and here he was messing around in Ramsey Harbour saying look at me Babooshka. Ok he was actually saying that, cormorants don't actually speak, not even Manx ones but you get my drift.


Cormorants are shore birds. I know last time I uploaded a cormorant I had lots of comments from inland dwellers and some of you from certain countries echoed they had never seen one too as they are not natural inhabitants. As the world's climate is changing and a lot of shorebirds are seeking refuge inland, while at the same stroke a lot of familiar garden birds are seeking alternative food arrangements along the beach. Have you noticed any changes with your wildlife?


Like to know more about the cormorant or see my other pics, including a young cormorant?
Click links below.


Wiki- Cormorant
Young cormorant
Babooshka and the cormorant


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58 comments:

April said...

Isn't that always the way - it is a challenge taking photos of birds, but great fun too. Very nice picture - I like the cormorant's wing action and the splash of water!

Cloudia said...

GREAT picture!
We have blue herons - formidable birds. Aloha-

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

OH WHOA! That is fantastic! What a great action shot! Very impressive indeed!!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat- Canada

ChrissyM said...

Fantastic shot!! Very impressive!!

Anonymous said...

How do you do it?

TSannie said...

Nemesis no more! That's a great photo! Anyone figure out why Mr. Linky is being so naughty? I haven't checked it out yet, but is it only on ABC?
Whatever, I certainly enjoy your blog!

fishing guy said...

Babooshka: Cormorants have to be the neatest bird to capture taking off. You made a neat shot.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Funny your experiences with cormorants. I have a similar problem with wild turkeys!

lv2scpbk said...

Wonderful action photo.

Daisy Cat said...

Amazing shot. The movement is almost tangible.

Bernie Krausse said...

We have three kinds of Cormorants in Washington State: Brandt's, Pelagic, and Double Crested. The Double Crested can be seen here inland throughout North America along Rivers, Ponds, Lakes, as well as the Ocean. They often are seen even roosting in Trees.

It's cool to be able to compare and contrast the similarities between our diversifying species. Thanks for sharing.

brad, boston said...

LB,

I know this bird. Perfect capture, just perfect. Props!

Rhea said...

Great shot! I'm impressed. You are getting better and better at capturing the cormorants. It's so hard to take good photos of birds on the move.

bobbie said...

What a terrific shot this is!

forgetfulone said...

What a great photo! And very interesting info, too.

Jeanne said...

I love that splash at his rear that you captured. Also followed your links. Found the Wiki information very interesting that they are more closely related to penguins and pelicans and not ducks and geese. Also followed the link to your friends blog and saved that for closer investigation.

magiceye said...

great capture!!

check out my butterfly!

Indrani said...

Great shot of the touch and take off. Very rarely one can get such shots.

Gaelyn said...

It's a good shot no matter which camera. I used to watch cormorants along the Puget Sound in Bellingham, WA.

mel said...

Spellbinding!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

They seem similar to the anhingas we have down here in south Florida ... although we have comorants too.

Carletta said...

Great action shot and I love how you caught that splash!

Boise Diva said...

Some birds in the world are just camera-shy.

splummer said...

Hi!
Even with the right lens and light, it's an awesome shot! Thanks for stopping by my place. Take Care!!

Sherrie

Arlene said...

Great capture!

Happy Sunday!

Mine is a dating couple. Drop by if you have time. Ok?

Take care!

Small City Scenes said...

That is a great shot. I have taken many pics of cormorants but none like yours. They usually are just sitting around--wings out--sun drying. We have lots of them here in Puget Sound. MB

Frankie / Nick said...

Fantastic shot, love those birds.

lisasarsfield said...

Well done!Yes, I agree far better to shoot with a camera than a gun:)

lisasarsfield said...

Well done!Yes, I agree far better to shoot with a camera than a gun:)

Aileni said...

They see you coming and taunt you, I think.
I hope my Linky works properly tomorrow.

Webradio said...

Great shot Babooshka !
Blues herons are beautiful...

See You later !

Mediterranean kiwi said...

wow, what a great shot - you caught those cormorants in a brilliant posture!

angela said...

Great post, B. Does the cormorant know he's famous?

Love the title..

Dragonstar said...

I love that action shot! He looks like he's having a great time.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Hi Babs

I find birds that are black - including Blackbirds - infuriatingly difficult to get good shots of..as for action shots...well done!

D

BJ Roan said...

Wonderful action shot! I enjoyed reading about the Cormorants. BJ

JM said...

Fantastic shot!!!
Now I see why you have mentioned the cormorant! Anyway 'my' fish is too big for him to swallow... :-))))

Tanya said...

Incredible photo Babooshka!

Kelly said...

Beautifully captured! Your timing is perfect!

me ann my camera said...

A marvellous capture of length, strength and energy!!

Jedediah said...

That's a great shot of a beautiful bird

Alex Mazilu said...

Hi.
I changed my blog address:
from
http://alexmazilu.blogspot.com

to

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Thank you for changing my link (if possible).

Danial said...

This bird so beautiful.

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a great capture you got there and i have never seen one of these, the information is great as well. Thanks for the stop over

Gail's Man said...

Sods law I suppose. Still at least you've got a photo.

Amused at your comment on the Hyde site regarding white dog poo. I've not seen any for years either. I used to have a theory that it was only white poodles that left it & that black poodles left a black deposit. Another colour you don't see now. Every other dog just leaves the usual shade of brown. If you know a poodle owner, ask them what colour their dogs calling card is. A strange subject for bloggers to talk about.

mirage2g said...

You said that I make flowers look special...you on the other hand always make action photos so alive, be it animals or humans! I wonder when I will have photos like this =D I need to get out I guess...

Have a nice week and thanks much for all your wonderful photos and interesting write ups!

Cathy said...

I really enjoyed the photo and your post. It reminded me of my own nemesis birds!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Great capture - right place, right time.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow! What a great shot! :-)

Marites said...

that's really lovely shot and yes, i'm one of those who haven't seen a real cormorant yet. But I like your picture here as the bird is in action complete with spread wings and splashed water:)

Heart of Rachel said...

That's a great capture. It's nice to learn more about this interesting bird.

marley said...

Great action photo!

Ladynred said...

Beautiful shot of the bird!

tr3nta said...

You really caught the guy!!!... Just beautiful.

istanbuldailyphoto said...

In The Lake bird to be! A Wonderful friend. Good Self look. Greetings.

Jana said...

That is a great shot. Just in time!!!

Lynette said...

Stupendous shot. Loved the text, too, so expressive of your process and the circumstances that impact it. Thanks for the post!

Becky said...

Great action shot! I've tried to capture something similar with the great blue herons that tend to enjoy the marshlands around here, but my little point and shoot digital camera doesn't zoom in quite enough to make a good photo. This is great, though! Funny that you chase them.

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