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South Georgia Shag

Phalacrocorax atriceps georgianus


A sub-species of the Imperial Shag that is restricted to South Georgia and Shag Rocks. It has glossy black feathers over most of its body, a white belly and throat, large pink feet, a yellow knob above its beak and a blue ring of skin around the eye (hence its other common name, blue eyed shag). In breeding season, the males have a large crest. As it was outside of breeding season, this individual's colourful facial features are dulled.


Found inshore sitting on a rock in Cumberland Bay, South Georgia


I was only lucky enough to see one of these guys. Even outside breeding season, you can still see the pretty blue eye ring! It was snowing while I was taking photos of it, and my camera found it hard to focus on the bird!

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1 Comment

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

What spectacular bird!

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South Georgia, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

Spotted on Mar 23, 2013
Submitted on Mar 23, 2013

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