A great puzzler indeed Tom
Well done Daniel for getting it right!
The "eye pixel" certainly fooled me!
Prompted by this I have just updated few NZ some shots on my website
of a few NZ shags if anyone is interested.
On 23/12/2007, at 2:06 PM, Tom Tarrant wrote:
Hi David and all,
Wasn't until I 'zoomed' in on the pic that I realised that I was
looking at the top of the birds head and not the face, there is a
rogue pixel in the black that gives the illusion of an eye.
Once you picture this it's easy to see that it's just a Pied
Cormorant with it's head turned, but a great 'puzzler' none-the-less.
On Dec 23, 2007 12:58 PM, David Stowe < >
I thought Stewart Island or King Shag at first too but i don't think
there's enough black on the face. (I was fortunate to see and
photograph them both a couple of months ago)
They have the black starting below or at the base of the bill with a
much thinner line of white under the chin than this bird appears to
have. Bill looks a little bit too long and thin too but this might be
a trick of the light so to speak.
Could it be an aberrant Pied Cormorant?
Does Mike know what it is?
On 23/12/2007, at 12:49 PM, inger vandyke wrote:
> Hi All,
>> From the experience I've had with New Zealand shags this almost
>> looks to me like a non-breeding or immature King or Rough-faced
>> Shag. If so this would be an amazing record as this bird is
>> normally sedentary and population estimates I think are around 400
>> birds so this would be very rare.
> There don't seem to be caruncles on this bird but in immatures or
> non-breeders these are small and hard to see anyway. Did Barbara
> get other pics?
> I am not sure about aberrant plumaged Pieds. The pale bill wipes
> out the possibility of a Black-faced to me.
> Certainly an interesting bird. The shot is also great because it
> allows an instant ID comparison with a Pied, Little Pied and Great
> Cormorants around it.
> Just my two bob's worth. Look forward to hearing about what others
> might think it is. Inger Vandyke > From: >
> To: ; > Subject: RE:
> [Birding-Aus] Cormorant ID help required> Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007
> 12:32:58 +1100> > ��> > Is it a New Zealand "blow in"?> >
> Greg Little> > Greg Little - Principal Consultant> General Flora
> and Fauna> PO Box 526> Wallsend, NSW, 2287, Australia> Ph 02 49
> 556609> Fx 02 49 556671> www.gff.com.au> > -----Original
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> On Behalf Of Tom
> Tarrant> Sent: Sunday, 23 December 2007 10:48 AM> To: Birding-Aus>
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Cormorant ID help required> > Hi All,> >
> Mike Carter has asked if I could post this unusual Cormorant taken
> at> Merimbula NSW> > http://www.aviceda.org/abid/newimages.php > >
> *I wonder if you could pass comment on the attached which one of
> our> members> took on Dec 9, 2007 at Short Point, Merimbula, NSW>
> We get the Black-faced Cormorants at Eden and rarely further north.
> They> are> usually on rocks or buoys. This one is odd because of
> the 'extra' black> on> the head and also being on the sand.> > Is
> it something interesting?> > Barbara Jones, Eden> > *Unfortunately
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