Sunday, July 31, 2011

Pied Shag in Knots! -

I had been walking the coastal footpath between Takapuna fossil forest and Milford beach looking for a kingfisher that I had seen the day before. I was distracted by the sight of this Pied Shag unfortunately all tied up with fishing line. It appeared to be trying to remove the line which I first thought was grass reeds amongst its feathers. As I got closer I could clearly see that this bird was struggling and its feathers were well and truly caught. As it flew off it hit the water awkwardly. I wonder how long it will survive?