Story: Shags

Pied shag

Pied shag

In the same family as the black shag, pied shags feed around sheltered coasts, harbours and islands. They usually nest along the coast, but some go a little way inland to nest on freshwater lakes. Branches close to the waterline are put to good use to dry off after a swim, and as a roost from which to spot prey. This bird is taking off from a roost above water.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Shags - Black-footed shags', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 February 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 11 Jul 2016