Shag

The shag is slightly smaller than the cormorant and is sometimes referred to as the ‘green cormorant’, as it looks very much like the larger bird and behaves in a similar way. It is a more expert diver than the cormorant and usually remains under the water for about a minute, although dives of trice that duration have frequently been recorded. It is not easy to determine the difference between a shag and cormorant from distance, as they often share the same nesting sites with the shags occupying the narrower ledges, however if closer inspection was possible 12 tail feathers would be counted on the shag, while the cormorant has 14.

Shag

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