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I recently showed a photograph of a pair of nesting adult shags which I had taken during the course of a boat trip with some friends on Loch Sunart, just south of the Ardnamurchan peninsula in May.

During that same four hour boat trip, we saw this pair of juvenile shags sitting on a rocky island in the loch as we passed by. Unfortunately, we were some considerable distance from these birds and even with my 100 - 400mm lens at full stretch, I'm not convinced that this picture is as sharp as it should be. But I did like the way that the two birds were both staring in the same direction and I thought it looked just a little comical.

The European shag or common shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) is a species of cormorant, breeding around the rocky coasts of western and southern Europe, southwest Asia and north Africa. The plumage of the adult birds is a striking black/dark green with a wonderful sheen - which is why this species is sometimes known as the "green cormorant" - but juvenile birds have a less interesting and duller brown plumage, as with these ones.

You can see a larger version on "beta" TE here.

P.S. Having read the very helpful and constructive critique of this picture by Claude (CLODO), I think I might need to correct some of my note above. From what Claude tells me, he believes that these are not young common shags (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) but, because of their markings, are more likely to be young great shags (Phalacrocorax carbo).

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