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Shag, Isle of Lunga.

Without wishing to insult the poor creature, the shag has always struck me as quite a primitive looking bird. It seems to be a relic from a more distant time in comparison to the other birds around it.
In some ways it is more primitive than other seabirds. Unlike the majority of waterbirds, the cormorant family, of which the shag is a member, lack the oil gland that other birds use to waterproof their feathers. They are often to be seen standing with wings outstretched to dry off after diving.
At this time of year, the adult birds are in their breeding plumage, with a green sheen to their feathers and a crest set at a rather rakish angle.
This handsome bird was sitting on a ledge near it's nest, keeping a sceptical eye on the antics of the puffins who seemed to be everywhere on this amazing little island.

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Additional Photos by Ben WX (ben4321) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1801 W: 133 N: 2077] (9875)
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