Shags on a Pier at Oamaru, South Island (Phalacrocorax colensoi)

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Comments (11)

Jean Gregory Evans on August 13, 2008

OMG! How fantastic! Great photo, well done! Jean in USA

Paul Strasser on October 18, 2008

That's incredible M. Guess there's no disputing ownership of this pier. What a sight.

Cheers, Paul

Marbiz on October 20, 2008

Thanks Paul I couldn't work out what the birds were, perhaps you may know. I know you help h with identification.

Paul Strasser on October 23, 2008

Hi M, Apparently this is a colony of Auckland Shags (Phalacrocorax colensoi). They're a type of cormorant native to New Zealand.

x7y7 on October 23, 2008


Marbiz on October 25, 2008

Thanks Paul. That makes for a much better title for the photo, LOL! I wonder what Auckland Shags were doing in the South Island at Oamaru?

Hello x7y7, Thanks for your comments.

Paul Strasser on October 26, 2008

Yes, love the title M.That's why I carefully said 'apparently', I'm not sure if my source was completely correct about that sub species; they don't look like migratory birds do they? seem quite content owning that pier and never leaving. But shags they are, and that's a great name :-)

Cheers, Paul

Chris Low on January 16, 2009

marbiz These birds must move off during the winter we called in here in June hoping to catch up with some penquins but alas there was not a bird in sight. BTW the spelling of Oamaru is not quite right seems you have an extra M on the end. Chris

Marbiz on January 18, 2009

Thanks Chris, I knew that, but hadn't noticed, so now its fixed. Cheers. M

Per Midjord on August 23, 2009

Great shot!!

Marbiz on August 24, 2009

Thanks Pannera

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Photo taken in South Hill, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand

Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 24, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Marbiz
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
    • Taken on 2007/05/01 22:12:25
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 61.40mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash