Monday, 1 February 2016

SHAG UPDATE



Sad news about the Shag featured in my last post, as is usually the case with lost/misplaced birds...those that have strayed away from their usual habitat, it's been reported over the weekend that this bird has sadly been found dead.
Not the best outcome, but nature doesn't always work in the most pleasing of ways I guess?




 

10 comments:

holdingmoments said...

Yea, very sad news indeed.

Roy Norris said...

Thats very sad Trevor.
Possibly something to do with lack of available food that it would normally eat or not a well bird in the first place.

The Herald said...

Keith, I guess it was always on the cards that this would be the outcome.

Roy, there's always a good Cormorant presence on the lake so I don't think it was a shortage of food..there were reports that it had been seen to be catching fish, it also appeared to be healthy.
I'm wondering if it could have been the difference between being on a fresh water lake as opposed to it's normal salt water habitat that might have had something to do with it's demise? A sad ending whatever the cause.

ADRIAN said...

Sad indeed. In my experience they never last very long.

The Herald said...

You're right Adrian, sadly that's the usual outcome.

Bob Bushell said...

That is sad Trevor.

The Herald said...

Bob, it's mother nature's way of sorting things.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Its a great pity that he/she gone,but at least you got to see it and get some photos.


peter

douglas mcfarlane said...

I'm not sure if I've been told right but certain 'sea' birds can't eat fresh water fish not 100% on that though as I was told it by a self appointed "know it all"

The Herald said...

Peter, I was pleased to get the photos but feeling a little sad at the final outcome.

Douglas, I've consulted with that other 'know it all'...Mr Google, and it seems to be that Shags and Cormorants, ostensibly the same bird, should be able to survive, in either salt or fresh water.
It's a sad ending, whatever the reason.