Thursday, 14 February 2008

Fancy a shag...?

...Or maybe a cormorant?

The fashion for celebrating Valen­tine's Day as a time to reveal feelings of love began in medieval Europe because at that time February 14 was believed to be the date birds selected their life mates.

I saw this seabird displaying his ardour to a pair of females last weekend. I rushed to get my camera, but was too late. By the time I took this picture the ladies had swum off and the male was left on his own looking a bit sorry for himself.

Perhaps he'll get luckier this Valentine's Day.

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