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double-crested, cormorant, mackay
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Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

One of the joys of painting is that the artist can choose situations and angles that would be difficult or even impossible for a photographer to achieve.   The idea is not to make a literal image but rather to indicate what is happening, in this case when a Double-crested Cormorant, swimming on the surface of the water, ducks his head under to look for fish.   This practice is often seen with loons and mergansers, as well.   I tried to show a fish-eye view, looking up at the bird from below the water.  Cormorants sit low in the water, and their tails are often submerged, as I have shown here.  I used spray paint to create the blue, halo-like effect around the bird, and painted the bird and fish with gouache watercolours, on paper.

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