Photography 101: Swarm

Day 14

Swarm: to fly off together in a group, as bees; to move about in great numbers, as things or persons.

Michelle W’s prompt for today:

Show us a swarm today: large group, moving together. Birds. Bugs. Kids. Taxi cabs. Your subjects can be big or small, animate or inanimate — whatever they are, you just need a lot of them.DSC06438

Cape cormorant

The most distinctive feature of this southern African seabird is the bright orange-yellow patch of bare skin at the base of its bill, which sits in stark contrast against its glossy black plumage, tinged with a bluish-purple sheen . The black bill, with a blue-grey base , has completely sealed nostrils , which means the Cape cormorant must breathe through its mouth, but is able to dive unhindered into the water in pursuit of prey. Like other Pelecaniformes (a group of large seabirds), the Cape cormorant has webbing between all four toes, making it a strong swimmer  and proficient predator of fish . IMG_3411 IMG_3414IMG_3415

This sleek seabird forages typically less than ten kilometres from shore, in the cool waters of the north-flowing Benguela Current . It feeds in vast flocks of thousands of individuals on shoals of fish, often in association with terns, penguins and gannets.DSC06439

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15 thoughts on “Photography 101: Swarm

  1. This is so interesting. At first glance, I thought they were geese and wondered where you took the photos, only to discover they are not geese but Cape cormoran, all the way in South Africa! Your description of them is so informative, especially the part about their nostrils being closed off, or sealed off and they have to breathe through their mouths. Nature is so strange and wonderful! 😀

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