Of a different kind

By: Arjen Drost

Feb 04 2016

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Category: Birds, nature, Photography, Polar


Focal Length:400mm
Shutter:1/1250 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Antarctic Cormorant

In the Netherlands cormorants are relatively boring looking birds, in most light conditions they are all black with a yellow bill. Only in breeding season they get some white patches and when the light is good, you might see some other colours shining through the black.

On Antarctica there is a different species, the Antarctic Cormorant (or Antarctic Shag). It has a black and white plumage, but has beautiful blue eyes and, in breeding plumage, a yellow patch on the base of the bill.

From a distance they look a bit lie a penguin with their black and white feathers and they often sit near a penguin colony. I’ve several times seen quite surprised looks on the guests when they suddenly see a ‘penguin’ take off.


2 comments on “Of a different kind”

  1. prachtige foto Arjen

  2. How interesting! I must’ve met that my first reaction upon seeing this photo was that it WAS a penguin!❄️

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