Farne and Staple Islands - SydsPics
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, United Kingdom
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European Shag nesting with Chicks - Farne Islands

Common shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) is a species of cormorant. It breeds around the rocky coasts of western and southern Europe, southwest Asia and north Africa. In Britain this seabird is usually referred to as simply the Shag.
European shag is one of the deepest divers among the cormorant family, shown to dive to at least 45 m (148 ft).
It breeds on coasts, nesting on rocky ledges or in crevices or small caves. The nests are untidy heaps of rotting seaweed or twigs cemented together by the bird's own guano.
Their chicks hatch without down and so they rely totally on their parents for warmth, often for a period of two months before they can fly.