Spot the Intruder!

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A pied cormorant on the island in Lake Fitzpatrick in the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, NSW.
Can you spot the intruder?

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Roger Powell on December 16, 2013

Thank you again, Helmut : ))

jockswa on December 16, 2013

The swamphen! They always seem to be lurking somewhere nearby along waterways. Got a shot of a couple back in my gallery but I need a better one. They are quite a spectacular but elusive bird.

I'd like to debate about whether cormorants are really as bad for fishos as they're made out to be. There were plenty of them around before Europeans got to Oz and the Europeans didn't have any trouble finding fish. Could it be the other way around?? Really gets to me when anything that gets in our way becomes a target without question.

Stories are told about huge shimmering schools of mullet in the Peel/ Harvey estuary system in the old days. It's not like that any more.. and it wasn't the cormorants that did it!

jockswa on December 16, 2013

Oh yeah.. Like the shot lots!

jockswa on December 17, 2013

I should point out, I'm not having a shot at Ebi here. The main culprits in the 'war' against cormorants are some professional fishers and a few recreational anglers who seem to think they should own the whole damn ecosystem.

Roger Powell on December 17, 2013

You win the prize for the swamphen, Jock. Curious birds! I think it is fair to say that cormorants have as much right to fish as we do. Thanks for the comments.

tu andy on December 20, 2013

Great shot. YSL 4.15. Best wishes,

Roger Powell on December 20, 2013

Hello Andy - thanks very much!
: ))

dziwnowik on March 18, 2014

♥ YSL ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥ Pozdrowienia z Dziwnowa, Peterek ♥ ♥ ♥

Roger Powell on March 18, 2014

Thank you very much.
: ))

Luis O. Boettner on May 20, 2014

Nice detail of the place... and the elegant bird ready to defend its property.

Like 15!

Greetings from Paraguay, Boettner

Roger Powell on May 23, 2014

He looks a bit wary, doesn't he, Luis!
: ) )

Hans_Pano Yes ! on May 23, 2014

Hallo Roger, the pair of moorhen - relatives gallinula chloropus? - try to defend their nest, I suppose the cormorant is waiting for a moment to have a meal from the brood. Excellent nature shot !!L!! Kind regards, Hans

Roger Powell on May 24, 2014

Thanks for your comment. Nature is a battleground, isn't it?
: ) )

David Edwards on June 11, 2014

He/she reminds me of a Leung, cartoon character! ;)

I like the shot very much.

Best wishes, David.

Roger Powell on June 11, 2014

Not sure if you mean Leung or Leunig, David?
: ) )

Edwards Wzxm on August 25, 2014

Beautiful scenery and wonderful view.

Roger Powell on August 26, 2014

Edwards - thank you.
: ) )

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 30, 2013
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Roger Powell
    • Camera: Canon EOS 60D
    • Taken on 2013/11/06 14:37:07
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash