Friday, 4 December 2009
EUROPEAN SHAG still present in Winchester
The EUROPEAN SHAG was still showing extremely well in Winchester this morning (see Hilary Cornford's cracking images above), at SU485290, downstream of the City Mill. It was roosting and preening first thing on the sluice next to the main channel, 6ft from the footpath. A welcome change from brief and distance seawatching views! It appears healthy.I believe it is a juvenile - it has a pale yellowish iris, white throat and only a little gloss on the head. The back appears fairly uniform with dull brown edging on dark centred feathers - no obvious contrast between old and new feathers seen in older birds. (Daniel Hoare).