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Wrapped in a cloak of Satin

Shags seem to be quite easy to find here this winter. We came across one individual while out photographing earlier this week. When we started taking shots the Shag was quite distant but gradually it came closer and closer until it gave us frame filling photos. Ok not so unusual in breeding colonies on the Farne islands or in Scotland but quite scarce in our part of the world.

I like these birds. From a distance they look very innocuous; not gaudy or showy, very much the plain Jane. When you get close it becomes overwhelmingly apparent they are quite spectacular. The subtle metallic green hues, the emerald shining eye, the curly crest feathers and the bird is wrapped in a cloak of satin plates. We agreed between us this one bird alone made our day.

Shag

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