|Dense colonies on cliffs in a nest
of seaweed or mud.
Fish and Squid.
Gannets hunt fish by diving from a height into the
pursuing their prey underwater. Gannets
have a number of
adaptations which enable them
to do this: they have no external
nostrils; they have
air sacs in their face and chest under
which act like bubble-wrap, cushioning the impact
with the water; their eyes are positioned far enough
forward on their face
to give them binocular vision,
allowing them to judge distances
Gannets can dive from a height of 30 m, achieving
of 100 km/h as they strike the water, enabling
them to catch
fish much deeper than most airborne birds.
Mainly white bodies, with long, black-tipped wings.
heads are large, yellowish with black marks
eyes. They have straight, sharp, tapered
bills and pointed
Young Gannets are completely black achieving a little
white plumage each year until maturity in 3 to 4 years.
One bluish chalky
1.8 - 2.0 m