In Waikanae near the estuary the Pied Shags appear to have claimed this macrocapa as their own. The side they have taken up residence on appears to be dead and the smell is rather ripe. I do wonder if the acidic smell has had something to do with the half-death of the tree.
As I watched I managed to capture some images of the parents coming back to feed their young.
They appear almost full size with most of their feathers having come in so I wouldn't expect them to be in the nest much longer. The fledglings can be determined by the spots on their bellies.
This one appeared to be rubbing his head in despair at all of the noise from the demanding babies, it was unclear if he had his own.
The bachelors had the right plan and were relaxing by the lagoons edge with some of the fledglings.