This Cormorant was fishing in dark light under a bridge on a lake. It emerged from the water onto a rock to spread its wings in typical Cormorant fashion. The bird was close which meant I was able to capture the formation of the wing feathers and the wonderful colours that are found in the detail - blues and purples, which are normally invisible at distance. The bird somehow manages to separate each feather, presumably to allow air to pass through. I included the bill in the composition to show that it is a Great Cormorant.
Taken with Nikon D7100, 300mm f2.8 lens, 2 x Converter. Focal Length 600mm; 1/800 second; f5.6; ISO 1,600
Presenter Chris Packham's comments can be seen in the awards presentation here (21m 10s in..):
The image appears in the book 'Bird Photographer of the Year 2' which can be bought here:
Three other images of mine appear in the book:
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Jackdaw & Red Deer
Oystercatcher & Knot
Some press of the competition can be found here:
Thanks for looking!