A spotted shag (Phalacrocorax punctatus) is seen from the side sitting on a rock overlooking the sea. The spotted shag is a marine bird in the family Phalacrocoracidae. It is described as follows by the author:
About this variety less information has been collected than about any other member of the genus. Not many specimens are to be found in existing collections and little is known of its habits. It is a native of New Zealand: Latham states that it is frequently to be seen in Queen Charlotte’s Sound, where it nests on the rocks and sometimes on the limbs of trees close to the water. It is one of the most beautiful of its tribe, and wherever seen its remarkable head-plumes and handsome colouring mark it for observation.