Friday, March 3, 2017

Pied Shags

Pied Shags.NZ.

The clan has gathered
For a day at the shore
Did you bring lunch?

This large black-and-white shag is often seen individually or in small groups roosting on rocky headlands, trees or artificial structures. In regions where it occurs it can usually be readily seen about harbours and estuaries associated with cities or towns. Unlike most other shag species, the pied shag is reasonably confiding, allowing close approach when roosting or nesting in trees. It generally forages alone, but occasionally in small groups when prey is abundant. The pied shag is found exclusively in Australia and New Zealand, wintering along the whole coast and inland in both countries. ~ Bernard

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