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Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)

Shags are goose-sized dark long-necked birds similar to cormorants but smaller and generally slimmer with a characteristic steep forehead. In the breeding season adults develop a dark glossy green plumage and prominent recurved crest on the front of their head. In the UK they breed on coastal sites, mainly in the north and west, and over half their population is found at fewer than 10 sites, making them an Amber List species. Shags usually stay within 100-200km of their breeding grounds. (RSPB)






45 comments:

  1. Look at those beautiful photos! The water so glossy and shiny and rippling with the black birds head high above!
    Great Bob! :-)
    Have a nice evening!

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  2. Lovely close ups Bob of a very wary bird normally, unless you meet it on its breeding grounds.

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    1. I took that one on Shetland Isles back on a June 1st Marc.

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  3. The last is the best Bob. I use spot metering and bracket for such things.
    Next time shoot a Cormorant it save writing nasty words.

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  4. Beautiful bird species!
    Excellent photos. hug

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  5. Gosto do pato e mais ainda do cinzento e das "nuances" da água!
    Uma beleza!

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  6. HI Bob You can see so well how water does NOT fall off a Shag's back(as a duck's) and why they have to keep coming out of the water to dry off. Never seen that so clear as in your shots. Brilliant.

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  7. Bob wat staat deze aalscholver ere briljant op.

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  8. Bob, sehr ausdrucksvolle Fotos.
    Gut getroffen.
    Einen schönen Resttag wünscht dir
    Irmi

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  9. Great capture.....it swims so low in the water.....

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  10. Stupenda foto e che dettaglio.... ho notato che rispetto agli altri uccelli sprofonda nell'acqua...ciao Cri

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  11. Beautiful shots! I've never before seen this bird.

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  12. liking the quizzical glance at you Bob in the finale' photo

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  13. never seen one before, very nice

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  14. BOB bonjour j'adore regarder les cormorans
    il est superbe et quand il décolle quel bonheur aussi bise

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  15. Beautiful pictures of the cormorant, Bob.

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  16. I like the sheen of the water on the back of the bird in this series. It is so realistic. Well done, Bob. Greetings, Joke

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  17. Such a beautiful bird Bob!!!
    I've never before seen this bird!!!
    Great shots and closeups!!
    Have a lovely day!!
    Dimi...

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  18. Great shots Bobs.. I didn¨t Know that one. Regards.

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  19. Wonderful shots of the Cormorant, Bob!

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  20. I had never heard of a Shag before, it does look so much like the Cormorants...very nice image shares~

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    1. Yes, it does look so similarly to a Cormorant, but it aint one. They come under the genre the same.

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  21. Not often to see close-ups of the Shag at sea. Nice images :-)
    Rune

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  22. All in black
    again
    Bob~~~~~~~~~~~

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  23. What a graceful bird. Fabulous shots!

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  24. Wow, this is the first time I hear from this one! Thanks!

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  25. Amazing captures Bob,love your header.
    John.

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  26. Really nice Bob.
    I live on an embankment, beyond which lies the IJsselmeer. There's also a whole a great cormorant colony. I'm never really going for it stinks pretty. Your photos have become quite cool

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  27. Oh they really are like cormorants.. that's what I would have thought they were. Fine shots as always, Bob.

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  28. Bob, it's really fantastic shots.

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  29. Beautful photos of this species I hav never seen!
    Great to discover it. It looks quite different from the 2 species od Comorant we have here!
    Well done Bob!

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