Pied shags at Tawharanui

Pied shags (5)

Friday at Tawharanui was one of those sparkling spring days, warm and with a flat calm sea. Out near Tokatu Point the guttural calls of pied shags (Phallacrocorax varius) drifted up from the beach to the clifftop track I was on. There were about 40 shags on the beach and a few still coming ashore and jostling for position in the group – yet the rest of the beach was empty. A lesson in shag psychology.

Pied shags (2)

I picked up the egg shell below on the rocks under a pied shag colony on the coast at Mangawhai just  north of Tawharanui. The ‘dirt’ on the plate is actually pohutukawa (Metrosideros) seed which was gathered in the egg shell.

Mangawhai pied shag egg 2015 (89)

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