Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo

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A less common seabird seen around our shores, they can easily be mistaken for the more common Shag. 

Key distinguishing features include white cheek patches, a larger and stockier body shape, and a higher flight pattern across the waters surface. Also the relative breeding numbers here, roughly 1:19, means that the black bird you are looking at is much more likely to be a shag.

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