Gannets

Along with the Yellow legged gulls, we are getting quite a few Gannets. The wind has dropped a bit but still the birds seem to be struggling to deal with it, probably the Gannets are able to cope better than most.gannet4

We are seeing more juveniles than adults and it is the juveniles which are coming closer in than the adults. From a distance they look black but with the telephoto you can see that they actually look quite attractive with rows of small grey dots on a dark grey background.gannet5

Also notice that their eyes are not on the side of their heads, they face forward. This is essential for all predatory animals which need to accurately locate and position their prey prior to a strike.

 

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