British wildlife recordings
Morus bassanus : Northern Gannet - Sulidae
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Grassholm Island, Pembrokeshire: OS Grid Reference(159500,209500)
Gannet, Morus bassanus
A colony of gannets recorded on Grassholm Island, off the coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales. Gannets are probably best known for their aerial diving abilities, they feed by flying high and circling before rapidly plunging headfirst into the sea to catch fish such as herring. These birds are striking in appearance with a bright white body, black tips on the wings and a distinctive yellow colouration on their head. There are several large breeding colonies in the UK with the most notable being at Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire; however they can be spotted offshore from almost any beach in Britain. Gannets make a ‘cackling’ call when they are around the nest.