I saw these two flying past South Stack last Wednesday and took them for cormorants - but the beak looks a bit slender on both birds. Did I get two shags?
As always, all help most appreciated.
Our herring gulls are red listed birds. Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.
I'd be tempted to say cormorant, but then I've not seen shags in flight. However, like everyone else, I'm more inclined to take Robbo's word for them being cormorants.
I stumbled across the following from Arran Birding: Identifying Cormorants and Shags, if its of any help.
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In reply to Mike B:
Michael B said:I'm more inclined to take Robbo's word for them being cormorants.
Er ...... he said they were shags.
In reply to Clare:
Many thanks Clare for pulling me up on that one, I've no idea why I said cormorant.
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