‘“he stands out like a shag on a rock”

http://the-trukstop.com/2008/02/14/20-things-that-culturally-define-australia/

It means that something is obvious, like a cormorant (a bird nicknamed a shag) with its wings spread out to dry.

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The Cormorant or common Shag,
Lays eggs inside a paper bag.
The reason you will see no doubt,
It is to keep the lightning out.
But what this unobservant bird,
Has failed to notice –
The hoards of wandering bears,
May come with buns and steal the bags to keep the crumbs!

http://blogs.abc.net.au/victoria/2008/07/nonsense-songs.html

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