Spotted Shag, Eastbourne

Spotted Shag

Spotted Shags breed on Somes Island in the middle of Wellington harbour, but they are seen infrequently just a couple of kilometres away on the mainland.  I have seen them occasionally around Queens Wharf and Oriental Parade, and sometimes a flock appears on the old wharf in Evans Bay near Wellington airport.  Today I found this chap on the rocks near Eastbourne township, starting to come in to breeding plumage.

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