Spotted Shag (Phalacrocorax punctatus)
Thanks Margaret. I hope I see it again when I am next there.
jmp, Cormorants are called "Shags" in Australia and I presume, in New Zealand as well.
Ah, well, that explains it! The ones we have here are all black, or at least look that way from a distance. I love when they just sit in the sun with their wings spread.
jmp I love to see them drying there wings too, and Margaret is right, they are called shags here. boot