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Gannets with chicks (Morus bassanus)
Photo by Psilo,Bolton,UK

Gannets with chicks (Morus bassanus)

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AKA Northern Gannet.
This photo was taken at Bempton cliffs, on the east coast where there are large colonies are breeding gannets. Breeding on coastal cliffs and remote islands with cliffs, ledges and slopes it rears only one chick a year before spending the winter months out at sea. Its diet consists almost entirely of fish which it catches by flying high and circling before plunging into the sea.
Eggs: One
Incubation: 42-46 days
Fledging: 84-97 days
Maximum lifespan: 21 years (average 16)
Length: 87-100cm

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