Northern Gannet 9/11/18

One of my all time favorites, I never tire of watching flocks of these seabirds circle and climb in the air to plunge dive for mackerel and other schooling fish. Once they pop back up to the surface like a giant cork, they rest-up for a few moments before flapping along the surface to get airborne and climb 50 to 100 feet for their next dive. Check out that blue eye! North American gannets spend most of their life in the air or on the water, only ever coming ashore to breed in one of only 6 colonies—3 of them in the Gulf of St Lawrence and another 3 off of Newfoundland.  Sexes are alike.

Leave a Comment