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Shag in Coromandel New Zealand.

Shag in Coromandel New Zealand.

Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve, Hawke's Bay, near Napier, North Island, New Zealand

Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve, Hawke's Bay, near Napier, North Island, New Zealand. The Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve is managed by the Department of Conservation for the purpose of protecting the gannet nesting sites.

Pied Shag in Shakespear Park, Auckland, New Zealand

Pied Shag - Bird Watching in New Zealand

New Zealand is currently home to over 170 different types of birds, so it's not surprising that we see interesting birds like the pied shag when we hike.

Spotted shag. Close-up of adult. Kaikoura, August 2011. Image © Philip Griffin by Philip Griffin

Close-up of adult. Kaikoura, August Image © Philip Griffin by Philip Griffin

Gannet. New Zealand. This beautiful and graceful bird dives into the sea at 50 km/hr and reaches a depth of 15 metres in search of its prey.                                                            Photo on flickr by Mike NZ.

Australian Gannet (Morus serrator or Sula bassana)This beautiful and graceful bird dives into the sea at 50 km/hr and reaches a depth of 15 metres in search of its prey.

Gannets at Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Gannet at Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Sea birds have got to be some of my favorite animals. This is the Spotted Shag (cormorant) in winter plumage. This species is exclusively marine and is only found in New Zealand.

Sea birds have got to be some of my favorite animals. This is the Spotted Shag (cormorant) in winter plumage. This species is exclusively marine and is only found in New Zealand.

Shag on NZ Pohutakawa - the NZ Christmas Tree (not to be cut down and taken inside though!)

NZ Shag on Pohutakawa - the NZ Christmas Tree (not to be cut down and taken inside though!

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