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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

FOVEAUX SHAG, FROM "STEWART ISLAND EXPERIENCE ", NEAR STEWART ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

   The Foveaux Shag is endemic to New Zealand and is only found on Stewart Island and islands in the Foveaux Straight.   It breeds colonially from September onward on islands and sea cliffs.  The Foveaux Shag comes in two plumages: pied (dark and white) and all dark.  In general, roughly 1/2 are pied and 1/2 are all dark.
   We can ID these shags as Foveaux Shags by their location (a colony on a rocky island near Stewart Island) and their seemingly being present both pied and all dark plumages.
   The Foveaux Shag is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 758.