Otago (Stewart Is) Shags at Ashburton RM & Timaru

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andrewcrossland
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Otago (Stewart Is) Shags at Ashburton RM & Timaru

Postby andrewcrossland » Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:28 am

For the 5th month in a row I've picked up Otago Shags amongst the large Spotted Shag roost at the Ashburton Rivermouth - 3 birds today (1 pied phase, 2 bronze phase).

I had a hunch there might be some at Timaru given that its half way between the big roost at Oamaru Harbour and this northern outlier at Ashburton RM. Bingo! 2 bronze phase birds today roosting amongst Spotted Shags on the wooden platform at the end of the north rock mole. I'd be keen to hear from anyone else who comes across this species along the Canterbury coast....

pics of the Ashburton RM birds attached...........

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andrewcrossland
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Re: Otago (Stewart Is) Shags at Ashburton RM & Timaru

Postby andrewcrossland » Wed May 01, 2019 9:43 pm

A single Otago Shag at the Ashburton Rivermouth currently amongst the impressive roost of c.7360 Spotted Shags. The roost makes an impressive sight in the late afternoon sun. The entire length of single spit visible in the first pic below is covered in a mass of shags.

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Olwen
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Re: Otago (Stewart Is) Shags at Ashburton RM & Timaru

Postby Olwen » Sat May 04, 2019 11:06 pm

Wow!

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