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Giant Cormorant spreads its wings to air-dry them after fishing for its breakfast in the huge swamp of Bueng Boraphet in Thailand.

This is the second in a short series about a day-trip I made there at the invitation of Shutterchancer
Rob & his wife, Khun Sao, both of whom are very competent and experienced photographers, and extremely well equipped.

This was my first photography trip in company with other enthusiasts. It was great fun, and quite instructive.

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Giant Cormorant spreads its wings to air-dry them after fishing for its breakfast in the huge swamp of Bueng Boraphet in Thailand.

This is the second in a short series about a day-trip I made there at the invitation of Shutterchancer
Rob & his wife, Khun Sao, both of whom are very competent and experienced photographers, and extremely well equipped.

This was my first photography trip in company with other enthusiasts. It was great fun, and quite instructive.

comments (19)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 01:38
LOL, that looks like a nasty kink in the neck.
Ray: Interesting necks, Martin...that odd-looking kink is what allows this bird to deliver the lightning fast thrust when it takes aim at a fish in the water.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 01:59
Man! I'm sitting here staring at this, Ray. It's so wonderfully detailed!

As you know, I have my own photo-hunt partner and would give just about anything right now to join her on a hunt again! Speaking of which, we end up being a different witness to the same story when we DO hunt together. I love the outcome!
Ray: Thanks, Ginnie.

Funny, isn't it, how each person is presented with the same material, but gets a quite different image of it.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Mar 2009, 05:36
OUTSTANDING.......a likey to me again....fabulous detail.
Ginnie is right about her photo-hunt partner.....we love to hunt all kind of things and when we see the outcome....we just love it, we put in our own 'personality'......
Ray: Thank you, Astrid. This is a very kind comment.
Yes...I like your description...each shot takes on some personality of the operator of the camera. Great fun!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Mar 2009, 06:00
What a delightful pose!
Ray: Seriously impressive sight to see these large birds standing thus. Thanks, Chris.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 23 Mar 2009, 06:51
Its so much more fun going with enthusiastic photographers, l am lucky to have Aussie and vintage around.
Fantastic shot Ray
Ray: This was a fun day, Zed.
Keep them coming Ray, a quality bunch recently.
Ray: Very kind of you, thanks, Nigel.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 Mar 2009, 09:32
Cracking photo Ray
Ray: Thanks for your kind comment, Vintage.
Absolutly stunning Ray. I love it!
Ray: Thanks, Richard. I am pleased you like it.
We have a bridge with several old pylons and parts of a previous bridge in the water along side. Usually there are hundreds of cormorants on these structures, doing exactly that. Fabulous shot, Ray.
Ray: Thanks, Mary.
As I recall, you have featured that place on your blog at least one.
This is a stunning shot Ray ! The f7.1 works well to get the wings also in focus, and the sharpness is amazing !
Ray: Thanks, Ferdi.

Quite close, and there was plenty of sun...I was able to make a few attempts.
hey. I know this bloke!!
nice one
Rob
Ray: Thought you might remember him.

Thanks, Rob.
Strange looking birds when they stand like this aren't they. Another good shot Ray.
Ray: A strange, but impressive, sight Brian.
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 15:15
Birds will never cease to amaze me... this one looks a little odd in the neck, but heck, great photography subject grin I'd love to meet up with fellow SCers some day to go on a photoshoot.
Ray: Get in touch if you are ever coming to Thailand, Mia.

Thanks for your comment.
Is good!!! Not a pretty bird but impressivesmile
Ray: I agree 100%, Bill.
Quite a sight to see this big bird drying off.
Archeopterex ....

richard
Ray: Interesting thought, Richard.
  • Samarth
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Mar 2009, 15:35
it's a really good capture... looks like the company helped wink
Ray: Good company...relaxed atmosphere...heaps of birdlife...all helped.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 23 Mar 2009, 22:26
I'd never thought of there being a giant cormorant, am slightly surprised to see it sits there drying its wings the same as the smaller ones here.

Incredibly sharp picture, fabulous detail
Ray: It is possible I have mis-named this bird, Ellie...I'll correct it if I ever get better information.

It is a beautiful sight to see this large bird drying off.

Update: I have checked a little...appears it is a close relative of the Cormorant or even a species of Cormorant, but actually named "Asian Darter".
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 24 Mar 2009, 05:54
wow. i've always seen these birds backlit and too far away to appreciate. beautiful capture, Ray.
Ray: We got quite close to this one by cutting the boat's motor and drifting up to it in the swamp...it is most impressive up close.

Thanks, terry.
Impressive shot ! This bird is looking as a vulture !
Ray: Yes...I see what you mean.
I believe it is actually a Darter.

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