Little Shag at Lake Okareka, Rotorua, NZ. Phalacrocorax melanoleucos is a common native NZ bird. In Australia they are called the Little Pied Cormorant.
Black Shags at Lake Okareka. They are also common NZ native birds. Phalacrocorax carbo or in Australia - Great Cormorant.
Lake Okareka is one of the small picturesque lakes close to Rotorua in NZ.
I used to holiday at Lake Okareka when I was wee lad at my Aunt's small cottage on a long narrow peninsular that sticks out into the middle of the lake . I can remember seeing Bitterns in the reed beds along the peninsular and listen to their eerie booming echoing across the water as we lay in bed in the mornings. We would stroll down to the only farm at the lake with our billy to get milk. Milk in those days came from a cow and it was still warm from the morning's milking. It would be put in the safe overnight to keep cool and the following day it would have a thick crust of cream on the top.
Kiwis call shag's... well shags, and Aussies call them Cormorants. There are lots of endemic shag species in NZ a lot of which only live in remote isolated parts of NZ or on the distant islands.
So how do you feel today... cormorant-ed or shagged? Have you had a cormorant or a shag lately... and was it on the cormorant pile carpet or the shag pile carpet and maybe you will end up with a shagger. Chances are improved by starting with the Carolina Shag, the Collegiate Shag or even the St. Louis Shag. If you are a baseball fan you could cormorant or shag a couple of fly-balls. Shag is obviously a more salient term than Cormorant and far suited to a birds like these...