Blue eyed shags nest in colonies with other birds
of the same type and sometimes with no other species there at all.
Shag Rocks for instance, isolated rocks sticking out of the South
Atlantic about 250 kilometres from the next nearest island of South
Georgia are home to countless blue eyed shags and virtually nothing
else. Likewise the aptly named Shagnasty Island in the South Orkneys
is home to a large monoculture of these birds, and a very loud, smelly
and nasty place it is too!
Like many types of penguins these shags are adept
and compulsive thieves stealing the unguarded nest material from
any neighbouring nests if at all possible. A habit that contributes
to a raucous and very lively colony.
Paul Ward - Pentax equipment,
70-210mm lens, 35mm film, K64.
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