From the Photographer: Dave Klein
This image of a Double-Crested Cormorant was made on the Anhinga Trail in Everglades NP in January, 2015. Here, like in much of Florida, the birds are quite tame and accepting of human presence and simply go about their lives. This bird had just finished preening and tucked its head into its back feathers to relax and take in the late afternoon sun. The sun was breaking through some trees and cast a beam, lighting up a portion of its face and emerald eye, yet keeping the surrounding feathers soft and dark.
Of interest, in the last 5 years I have used three camera systems: Nikon, Canon and now, Sony. Nikon was my system for about 20 years. This image is from one of the last birding trips I made shooting Nikon before a switch to Canon until December, 2019. Each system has its pluses and minuses but all can create great images.
Technical Data : Nikon D600 + Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens, 400 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec., ISO 800, -.33 exposure compensation, handheld.