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A pair of shags
                                                                                                    
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 Watching Out 
Many of the shags' nests on Staple Island are occupied by a pair of the birds. These two seemed content to watc the antics of all the visitors, passing only a few feet from the nest. The shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) is a close relative of the larger cormorant, and has emerald-green eyes, bright yellow throats and gape, iridescent green breeding plumage and a distinctive crest.