European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
Size: 65 – 80 cm
Population at Anda: 10
There is a small group of shags breeding on Anda Island but many more are found on islands surrounding Stø. Despite being a seabird, the shag lacks an oil gland for preening, which means that they plumage is not completely waterproof. Therefore, they spend timed drying their feathers after every dive and can be seen sitting on the cliffs with their wings spread out. In August, when the chicks have fledged, and evenings become longer and darker, shags move further offshore to feed. It is an impressive and beautiful sight to see them return in large groups to their resting cliffs.