Thursday, 5 July 2012


Smaller than the cormorant, I think the shag is a much smarter bird, these ones on the Farne islands were, like all the other birds there, amazingly confiding, unconcerned by people walking up to within a few feet. The first picture is of a youngster, almost ready to leave the nest, others were still on eggs surprisingly, unless they had lost earlier broods to the gulls.

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