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Blue eyed shag

Blue eyed shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps) defending its nest. The females lay up to three eggs, which are incubated for 30 days by both parents. The nests need to be protected against predators, such as the Antarctic skua, who take eggs. Photographed on Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, British Antarctic Territory

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Antarctic Antarctica Bird British Territory Defending Defensive Guarding Incubating King Nest Nesting Posture Rocks Rocky Signy Island South Orkney Imperial Cormorant Phalacrocorax Atriceps

This print captures the majestic Blue eyed shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps) in a moment of fierce determination as it defends its precious nest. The female shags lay up to three eggs, which are carefully incubated for 30 days by both parents. Nesting on Signy Island, located in the South Orkney Islands within the British Antarctic Territory, these resilient birds face numerous challenges in their quest to protect their offspring. Perched atop rugged rocks, this defensive bird assumes a commanding posture, ready to ward off any potential threats that may come its way. One such predator is the cunning Antarctic skua, notorious for preying on vulnerable eggs. With unwavering dedication and an unwavering gaze from its striking blue eyes, this Blue eyed shag stands as a stalwart guardian against danger. The barren landscape of Antarctica serves as a backdrop for this remarkable display of parental instinct and survival in one of Earth's harshest environments. Amidst icy winds and unforgiving conditions, these avian sentinels diligently fulfill their roles as nurturing parents. Through this photograph captured by Science Photo Library on Signy Island, we are granted a glimpse into the intricate world of wildlife dynamics within British Antarctic Territory. It reminds us of nature's resilience and beauty while highlighting the importance of protecting fragile ecosystems like these for generations to come.

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