A true rocky shore sea bird, the shag is a common sight on Lundy with some remaining resident for the entire year.
They are not as numerous as one might expect and only about 100 pairs nest on the island. This is a large goose sized bird which is usually seen early mornings or on warm days hanging out its wings whilst perched on a rock or islet. Never far from the seashore it is only the breeding pairs which venture higher up the cliff during the breeding season to nest. During the breeding season the birds develop a dark green shimmery plummage and also a small crest on their head. Often nesting singularly. Feeding mainly on small fish and occasionally molluscs and crustaceans. When diving they perform a small leap and then plunge into the water to feed or to avoid disturbances.
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