Northern gannet

Gannets are among the most spectacular and elegant of all seabirds. Their subtly beautiful plumage and their amazing plunge-dives into the sea from a great height make them popular and memorable to all. The northern gannet breeds in huge colonies on many rocky islands and cliffs on both sides of the North Atlantic. Nests are spaced out at pecking distance from one another and colonies make a visually striking image. In some colonies, on mainland cliffs, birds nest almost within touching distance of human visitors. Pairs mate for life and chicks hatch naked and helpless and take five years to reach their full adult size and plumage. This specimen came from Broadsands, in Devon.

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Northern Europe
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northern gannet
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bird: skeleton
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SULIDAE: Morus bassanus (Linnaeus): northern gannet