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Gannet: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Nature, Wildlife on Monday, 28 February 2011

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Gannet. Familiar Wild Birds by W Swaysland

Gannet. Familiar Wild Birds by W Swaysland

Two thirds of the world’s gannets are bred in Britain – in gannetries on precarious cliff ledges. Gannets pack so closely together on these breeding sites that there is no room for a brood patch: a single egg is incubated by the huge webbed feet of the parent, one foot placed over the other and both over the egg. Gannets dive vertically for fish from up to 35 metres, spearing the prey with the dagger-like beak.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 909 published on 23 June 1979. Click on a picture to find out more about licensing images for commercial or personal/educational use. We are also able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

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