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August 25, 2022

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Martin Brogger Martin Brogger

During the breeding season each year from March to October, northern gannets (Morus bassanus) build their nests on rocky cliffs, and occasionally on flat ground or on slopes near the cliffs. The nest is a trampled structure made of algae, plants, and other debris from the sea, mixed with droppings.

Often these seabirds do not travel far to obtain their building material, but instead steal from neighbors, or actively cut down surrounding vegetation.

Northern gannets are found near beaches and on crags but spend most of their time fishing in the sea. According to Cornell’s All About Birds, gannets plunge-dive for food as deep as 72 feet. They use their wings and feet to swim deeper in pursuit of fish.

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August 26, 2022 at 9:49 am

What a striking image! I feel like this bird caught us peering into its home and is responding with this stare-down. Thanks for bringing it to us, Martin.

    Martin Brogger
    September 5, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks Ken! Yes, for a second the bird was distracted from its task and gave us that look.

Stacy Ratel
August 26, 2022 at 2:47 pm

Spectacular photograph.

    Martin Brogger
    September 5, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you! A great compliment coming from you!

Guido Pastorino
August 28, 2022 at 12:10 pm

Grande Tincho!!! excelente foto master!!!

    Martin Brogger
    September 5, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    Gracias doc! Usted fue de los primeros en ponerme la vara alta en fotografía!