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Northern gannet searching for mate

The male gannets bring nesting materials of seaweed or grass to the females for nest building, in hopes of winning their affection. I found it amazing how they would know where to find their mates in such a crowd (second photo). Sometimes they got it wrong and were chased off by other suitors.

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Taken on June 23, 2011