Spread-wing posture of Cormorants and Shags Just outside our house, at Anstruther, Fife, we have often seen Shags Phalacrocorax aristotelis and Cormorants P. carbo surface on the sea, holding in their bills large flatfish, at times amazingly wide, which, after much neck-stretching and repeated diving, eventually go down the throat. Almost immediately that the fish has been swallowed, the bird seek

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