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Shag in flight

Observed: 14th October 2011 By: ranon.2011ranon.2011’s reputation in Birdsranon.2011’s reputation in Birdsranon.2011’s reputation in Birdsranon.2011’s reputation in Birdsranon.2011’s reputation in Birds
14.10.2011 Shags in flight (3)1
14.10.2011 Shags in flight (3)1 1
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The reason that I went for

The reason that I went for Shag is that one of the boks that I use for refernce [Collins Bird Guide 2nd edition - page 79] clearly shows the orange marking and a light grey lower bill and in flight it looked a bit slimmer than a cormorant.

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Adult Shag does have a

Adult Shag does have a conspicuous yellow gape, but Cormorant has a yellow patch at the base of the bill just like this one. Shag also has a steeper forehead and more slender bill and neck than your bird. The green sheen would also have been evident if it was a Shag. Build can be deceptive in the field, but the heavy build in the picture is clearly that of P. carbo.

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OK David and Syrphus and

OK David and Syrphus and thanks, ID points taken and accepted.