European shag colony

European shag colony

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Caption: European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) colony. Colony of European shags gathered on rocks at sunrise. The European, or common, shag is a species of cormorant that breeds around rocky coasts in western and southern Europe, south-west Asia and northern Africa. They feed on prey from the sea bottom, diving to depths of up to 45 metres. Photographed in the Firth of the Forth near Dunbar harbour, Scotland, UK.

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