Wild Harris

Shag

Shag 2 LCampbell.jpgShag    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

The shag is very common around the coast of Harris. You can see it off nearly every shore diving for fish. When it dives down, it does a little jump out of the water and this is how you can tell it is a shag and not a cormorant.

You can see that this bird has a ring on its leg.  This ring carries a unique identity code and was fitted before the bird had fledged and left the nest.

Shag 1 LCampbell.jpgShag    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

In summer it has a green gloss to its feathers, with yellow at the base of the bill and a curly crest on its head. The shag nests on ledges in caves on the sea cliffs.

by Alison Tyler