SPOTTED SHAG

SPOTTED SHAG (Phalacrocorax punctatus)

The Spotted shag is a type of cormorant endemic to New Zealand. It is about 28 inches long and its back is dark grey with the underside a lighter grey. This bird nests in colonies on cliff ledges, and is not considered as threatened. The spotted shag will dive for fish far from shore.

Spotted shag juvenile on pebble beach - near Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Spotted shag juvenile on pebble beach – near Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Spotted shag juvenile checking the photographer - near Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Spotted shag juvenile checking the photographer – near Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Spotted shag juvenile - near Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Spotted shag juvenile – near Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Spotted shags on black-billed & red-billed gull colony rock - off Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ
Spotted shags on black-billed & red-billed gull colony rock – off Kaikoura Peninsula, NZ

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