Neotropic Cormorant

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Sometimes even a non-colorful bird strikes a pose that demands that the shutter be pushed. This is a Neotropic Cormorant, a very common bird along rivers, lakes and wet lands in Latin America. This one is wet from a recent dive that was obviously successful. It is attempting to swallow an Armored Catfish from the Rio Frio in the Cano Negro wetlands of northern Costa Rica. Our friend, Chambita, is controlling the boat we are in. He is a master of putting you into the best position for a photo and then steadying the boat. In the next 30 seconds, this bird swallowed this fish whole and was ready to dive again for another. Shot with a Canon R5, 600 mm f/4.0 lens from a tripod on a moving boat. SS 1/1000, ISO 400, f/5.6 and EC of +0.3.

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