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Northern Gannets

I suppose now is the time to review the countless number of photographs I have taken over the last couple of years and ascertain what, if any, are still worthy of being published.  When I landed on Bass Rock in Scotland in July 2018, I had three hours to enjoy a truly amazing wildlife experience as the guest to circa 100,000 Northern Gannets.  Not surprisingly, I was armed with many gigabytes worth of memory cards, so there was plenty opportunity for capturing both static and in-flight shots.  With such opportunities now removed albeit temporarily due to Covid-19, the photographs in this post are worthy and deserve to be posted.

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Shag

A few shots of shags taken on Bass Rock, North Berwick, Scotland.

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Northern Gannets

More shots of Northern Gannets taken on Bass Rock early last year.

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Northern Gannets in Flight

A few shots of Northern Gannets taken on Bass Rock located off the coast of North Berwick, Scotland.

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Its a hard life being a Gannet

Life for a Northern Gannet cannot be easy as these shots suggest, with over 100,000 migrating to Bass Rock annually, space on the rock is limited.  As you can see tempers do flare and on occasion its the survival of the fittest.  The stabbing and biting with their beaks looks to be rather painful.

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Northern Gannets in Flight

A few shots of Northern Gannets in flight taken on Bass Rock on 29 May 18.

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Squabbling Northern Gannets

With a colony of near 150,000 Northern Gannets on Bass Rock space is at a premium, the result, aggressiveness and squabbling which can get nasty.  As you get quite close to the Gannets on Bass Rock a peck or a stab from their large beak can be quite painful.

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Northern Gannets – Bass Rock

A few shots of Northern Gannets taken on a foggy morning in May.  Bass Rock is the temporary home to one of the worlds largest colony of Gannets with numbers around 150,000 during peak breeding season.  The Gannets stay around until Sep/Oct when they leave for warmer climates.  An excellent trip and experience provided by the Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick.

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