A Cormorant in motion on the Bow


I spent an evening on the Bow River at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary on the weekend.  It was a beautiful day, warmly lit in golden light, and I had a great time photographing the birds well into dusk.  Among the birds nearby were a few Double-crested cormorants fishing and flying around.  I photographed as they flew or swam by.  They are exceptionally fast birds and they often fly just above the water at speed which is exciting to watch.  After the sunlight had left the river, I caught sight of one of these cormorants moving upriver.  Darkness was starting to settle in so I dragged my shutter in order to use the lack of light to pan with the bird as it passed me.  I used a shutter speed of 1/40th of a second and it worked out pretty well.

21 responses

  1. One of my favorite shots of yours (one of many…) ~ there is something special about capturing a great shot with both clarity and movement. Beautifully done.

    October 3, 2016 at 4:19 am

  2. Out of this world

    October 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm

  3. Beautiful photography…something to aspire to!

    September 30, 2016 at 12:49 pm

  4. Mike Hohmann

    I look and wait for the bird to break the sound barrier with a woosh and a bang as it passes!

    September 30, 2016 at 12:45 pm

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    September 30, 2016 at 7:47 am

  6. Great shot!

    September 29, 2016 at 11:37 pm

  7. I like your article, very inspiring and thank you for your post

    September 29, 2016 at 7:05 pm

  8. Very beautiful

    September 29, 2016 at 2:59 pm

  9. Karthikeyan

    The Cormorant almost looks like an arrow in motion with sublime special effects.

    September 29, 2016 at 9:00 am

  10. What an awesome shot. Love the motion blur

    September 29, 2016 at 7:57 am

  11. What a dynamic photograph!

    September 29, 2016 at 6:28 am

  12. Beautiful picture there, buddy.

    September 29, 2016 at 2:00 am

  13. Great motion in your picture

    September 29, 2016 at 1:48 am

  14. Amazingly beautiful!

    September 29, 2016 at 12:27 am

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  16. RMW

    Great capture has a good sense of speed.

    September 28, 2016 at 11:39 pm

  17. Yes! It did work out pretty well.

    September 28, 2016 at 11:12 pm

  18. Captivating shot, Christopher. The colors and comp are wonderful.

    September 28, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    • Thank you Jane. The light and the resulting colors were beautiful – even after sunset.

      September 29, 2016 at 3:15 am

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