Nasal Knobs

Imperial Shag Nasal Knobs, Saunders Island, Falkland IslandsThe above photo gives a good look at the ornamental nasal knobs of the imperial cormorant. Below shows how they highlight that gorgeous face. Both photos were taken on Saunders Island in the Falkland Islands.
Above: Nikon D810 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 800, f/4 at 1/1250th of a second
Below: Nikon D810 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 1600, f/4 at 1/800th of a second

Imperial Cormorant Portrait, Saunders Island, Falkland Islands

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  1. Sue March 16, 2017 at 11:36 pm #

    What a gorgeous specimen!

  2. michael huber March 17, 2017 at 1:25 am #

    great pic. ) could these knobs be some kind of birth deft on the bird. ? )

  3. Susan Rubeo March 17, 2017 at 7:01 am #

    The colors are another wonder of Nature
    Such rich hues of Blue & Orange
    You are so privileged to view this Imperial Bird well named
    Aunt Sue

  4. Clark Anderson March 17, 2017 at 8:04 am #

    Amazing portraits! What an interesting looking creature!

  5. Peter Butterfield March 17, 2017 at 8:25 am #

    —– Sleek graceful swimmers
    —– Blue eyed shag proudly show their
    —– Vivid caruncles .

  6. GH March 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    Much more exciting than a new England cormorant.

  7. Rachel Bellenoit March 17, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    Don’t know why, perhaps it has to do with my age [67] but Jimmy Durante comes to mind. 🙂 Great shots!

  8. Amanda D March 17, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

    Oooooooo loving the 2nd shot! GREAT composition!!! Cool birdie!