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New Zealand: shags on an Oamaru pier

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We spent the night of February 27th at a B&B on a hill in Oamaru. Before settling in for the evening we went down to have a look—a rather distant and indistinct one, as it turned out—at some blue penguins coming ashore at dusk. On the way there we walked past an old wooden pier that now hosts a large colony of shags. If you’re not familiar with the shag, as I wasn’t until I photographed one during our first New Zealand visit, it’s a kind of cormorant.

The shags on the Oamaru pier that evening might have been Leucocarbo chalconotus, which zoologists recently determined to be a different species, now called the Otago shag, from the Stewart Island shag.

Plans to refurbish the pier and reopen it to people have understandably met with some opposition.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 8, 2017 at 4:54 AM

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