Pelagic Cormorants

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

The Pelagic Cormorant ( Phalacrocorax pelagicus ) is a small cormorant with a slender 'broomstick' neck and very thin bill. In the photo you can see its primary colours which include black, green, sheen and iridescence. They eat fish, crustaceans and can dive deep in coastal waters to feed on the sea bottom. The technical aspects of this photo involved using an aperture of f/5.6 which created a shallow depth of field. This resulted in the cormorant who was coming in for a landing on the rock being slightly out of focus. However, I still really liked the composition of the image.