British wildlife recordings

Morus bassanus : Northern Gannet - Sulidae

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:00:47

  • Shelf mark

    W1CDR0001422 BD13

  • Subjects

    Birds

  • Recording date

    1965/05

  • Recording locations

    Grassholm Island, Pembrokeshire: OS Grid Reference(159500,209500)

  • Recordist

    Shove, Lawrence

  • Species

    Gannet, Morus bassanus

  • Description

    The calls of a young gannet recorded on Grassholm Island, Pembrokeshire. 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 their 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; however they can be spotted offshore from almost any beach in the country. Gannets make a ‘cackling’ call when they are around the nest.

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