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Trigg Island (from Trigg Beach)

Trigg Island (from Trigg Beach) (Image ID 39436)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Fri 22nd Jan, 2010 and uploaded on Wed 4th Mar, 2020 .
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ID39436
CommentA flight of Great Pied Cormorants is captured roosting in mid day heat on Trigg Island, just off the coastline at Trigg Beach. The Great Pied Cormorant is predominantly a marine species, but can be found in inland waters over a great deal of mainland Australia, barring Western Australia where as a rule it keeps to the shoreline. It seems paramount for its occurrence that it has an ample supply of undisturbed, small, exposed rocks near the coast or suitable logs and perches by rivers, lakes and estuaries. The species is much larger than the Little Pied Cormorant, and with yellow facial skin, neither can it readily be mistaken for the Black-faced Cormorant, where these occur together. Besides, come breeding season, the facial skin of both sexes turns purple on the gular pouch and a bright blue spot develops below each eye. The diet is mostly fish, with 10% made up of prawns and crustaceans; this diet previously saw the species pursued by man. Breeding by and large takes place in small colonies, pairs being pretty sedentary, but young birds may roam somewhat. Trigg Island. Status (2018): Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D3 camera body, Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8 AF-D lens with Nikon Circular Polarizing Filter.
Manfrotto Article 055B tripod, Manfrotto Video Pro Article 136 tripod head. Camera Settings: Aperture Priority 1/60 sec f13, EV -0.3 step & ISO-200. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted, Focus Mode: Manual. AF-Area Mode: SINGLE
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-in Sharpen AI for sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationTrigg Island (from Trigg Beach), Western Australia
Keywordsadult, non-breeding plumage/features, behaviour/display
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