new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Gannet (Morus Bassanus) Colony at RSPB Bempton Cliffs in The East Riding of Yorkshire, England - June 2013 | by SaffyH
Back to photostream

Gannet (Morus Bassanus) Colony at RSPB Bempton Cliffs in The East Riding of Yorkshire, England - June 2013

 

www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/g/gannet/index.aspx

 

 

Adults are large and bright white with black wingtips. They are distinctively shaped with a long neck and long pointed beak, long pointed tail, and long pointed wings. At sea they flap and then glide low over the water, often travelling in small groups. They feed by flying high and circling before plunging into the sea. It breeds in significant numbers at only a few localities and so is an Amber List species.

 

 

Overview

 

 

Latin name

 

 

Morus bassanus

 

 

Family

 

 

Boobies and gannets (Sulidae)

 

 

Where to see them

 

 

Biggest mainland breeding colony at RSPB's Bempton Cliffs. Two mainland colonies - at Bempton and Troup Head, Scotland. Big island colonies on St Kilda, the Northern Isles and Bass Rock in Scotland and Grassholm in Wales. Can be seen offshore almost anywhere, especially when they migrate south between August and October.

 

 

When to see them

 

 

They arrive at their colonies from January onwards and leave between August and October. Non-breeding birds can be seen at any time around the coasts and the main migration period offshore is during the autumn.

 

 

What they eat

 

 

Fish

 

 

UK Breeding:- 218, 546

 

 

Characteristics

 

 

Gannet - adult in flight

 

Size: bigger than mallard

 

Feather colours: black, white, yellow

 

Beak colours: black/dark grey, blue

 

Beak length: long

 

Beak thickness: long

 

Beak shape: long

 

Leg colour: black/grey, brown

 

Behaviour: part of flock, bird walks/runs on the ground, dives underwater

 

 

Gannet - juvenile

 

Colouring: Juvenile

 

Size: bigger than mallard

 

Feather colours: brown, black, white

 

Beak colours: black/dark grey, blue

 

Beak length: long

 

Beak thickness: long

 

Beak shape: long

 

Leg colour: black/grey, brown

 

Behaviour: part of flock, bird walks/runs on the ground, dives underwater

 

14,310 views
27 faves
75 comments
Taken on June 16, 2013