northern gannet

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    An awkward looking bird.

    Description
    Breeding in only a few large colonies along the North Atlantic, the Northern Gannet spends most of its life at sea. Flocks engage in spectacular bouts of plunge-diving for fish, with hundreds of birds diving into the ocean from heights of up to 40 meters (130 feet).

    Cool Facts
    1. In North America, the Northern Gannet breeds in only six well established colonies: three in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Quebec, and three in the North Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland. In the eastern North Atlantic, it is distributed in 32 colonies from the coast of Brittany in France northward to Norway.

    2. Most plunge-dives are relatively shallow, but the Northern Gannet can dive as deep as 22 meters (72 feet). It uses its wings and feet to swim deeper in pursuit of fish.

    Northern Gannet - All About Birds

    1. pwtphotography (Nathan) 41 months ago | reply

      Great capture, love the composition. Thanks for the info and one day I will get to see these beautiful birds!

    2. Norm Townsend 40 months ago | reply

      Great capture d:^)

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