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The shape of the head, with a peak at the front, is totally wrong for Cormorant. The beak is also relatively thin.
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Thanks for this Ophrys, you seem to be very sure, this means I have just been IDing shags and cormorants all as cormorants my whole life!
I must start to look closer at them. In total ignorance, I just put them all down as cormorant in my locality til now.
This is a nice surprise, glad I posted this now.
Definitely a Shag, yes. That peaked head at the front is very different to Cormorant, which have a pretty flat head with a peak at the rear. I've never been over your way, but if you have rocky coasts, I'd expect you'd have quite a few Shag around?
If you click on the link to the NBN map you will see that shags are found all round the Irish coast.
A lot of people think that if it has white in its chin it must be a cormorant, whereas immature shags always show this, as this one does.
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