European shag observed on Ventnor seafront yesterday, with wings outstretched.
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I think the crest in this image is quite deceiving. The Shag has a dark face and a much higher forehead and a more forward positioned crest than in this bird. The cormorant can exhibit a crest towards the back of the head as shown.
Chris Brooks - www.dragonfly-images.co.uk
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Must admit I did wonder whether I had got this right but the crest made me think it was a shag!Perhaps I should stick to plants!
David J Trevan
Lat/Lng: 50.59365, -1.19945
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