Brandt's Cormorant

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Taken in southern California. A rework of a previous image using new tools and knowledge. Hopefully better than original. the eyes are really that blue. Full frame.

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iso1000, 400 plus 2x, f6.3, 2000th, A1, handheld

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Hi David, love the matching blue color of the eye and neck patch. A striking bird. Nice BG too. Open beak adds interest as well. Nice portrait.

Beautiful portrait, David. The eyes and blue patch from the prime breeding plumage really make this image pop. Probably not time to change settings in this situation, but a bit more depth of field might have gotten the tip of the beak sharper, though the eye and gular patch are the important part of the image and both are tack sharp.

Hi David
There are times when all that money we spend on cameras and lens can be justified. Dennis is correct, that the beak is a little soft, but my eye is locked on the Cormorant’s eye and neck patch. Nice work.

Excellent portrait. Love that blue eye and throat patch. Nice background as well.

Hi David! Nice shot! You managed to show the bird’s beautiful colors!

Wow. Cormorants are not exceptionally interesting birds, in terms of shape/color/etc. But you really got what makes a cormorant incredible to see up close. That blue!!!

A very nice portrait and you captured the cormorant’s eye nicely. A little bit of artifacts in the tip of the beak and you might be able to fix this carefully with some selective edits…Jim

The colors are brilliant. You got just the right angle to maximize them.

I too noticed the isolated sharpening on the tip of the beak. I find it jarring, since the rest of the bill doesn’t have that texture. Probably best to go without, and just let the textures and colors around the face grab the viewer’s attention.