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Uploaded: 01/07/18 1:50 PM GMT
Preening Time On The Wharf
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The old wharf has become a nesting colony for these Spotted Shags and the rarer (and only recently recognized as a separate species) Otago Shag, both natives of NZ, and members of the cormorant family. Last Spring about 346 nests were counted by Dr Chris Lalas who has monitored the rare birds since 1977. The Maori name for the Spotted Shag is Pārekareka

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::tigger3
01/07/18 3:03 PM GMT
A very good capture of this huge group of Shags. I think this has a good perspective, and it's well composed. I wonder how close you could get before take off? :) Good one Lyn! tigs=^..^
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::0930_23
01/07/18 3:54 PM GMT
It looks like they are in boot camp and doing calisthenics LE.
I bet that pier is slick.

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People are like cameras--sometimes they lose focus.
::Ramad
01/07/18 5:40 PM GMT
Sergeant "Cyrus Cormoran" shouted "All hands PREEN" and all the cormorants began preening. Nice one of this action in unison Lyn.
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Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors.
::mesmerized
01/07/18 8:55 PM GMT
Looks like a redo of The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock...great work getting this one, Lyn.
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.koca
01/10/18 7:49 AM GMT
Wow! I've never seen this before. Lovely.
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.icedancer
01/11/18 4:36 PM GMT
Oh my, did you count them Lyn, lol
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