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On the nest | by Jean Knowles
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On the nest

Gannets at Cape St. Mary's. This is a mated pair on the nest, doing some mutual grooming. A twenty-minute walk from the visitor centre brings you to Bird Rock, where it's possible to see these beautiful and elegant birds from a distance of only 50 feet or so -- one of nature's wonders in a remarkably accessible setting. The Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve is home to about 24,000 gannets, 20,000 black-legged kittiwakes, 20,000 common murres, 2,000 thick-billed murres, plus razorbills, black guillemots, great and double-crested cormorants and northern fulmars. A visit to this reserve is an unforgettable experience!

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Taken on July 18, 2007