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Northern Gannet Photos

I had some time one February morning to spend at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge on the coast of Alabama.  There were tornado warnings the night before, and there was a very strong northwest wind blowing.  I went to the tip of the peninsula/barrier island jutting out into the mouth of Mobile Bay..."Fort Morgan" lies at the very tip.  It was a very dark, cloudy, blustery morning, but as I approached, I could see scads of birds near land.  Many, many dolphins were actively working the frothy surf, and there were plenty of birds wherever the dolphins were working.  Sometimes it was within 20 yards of shore.

The Northern Gannets tended to stay the furthest out from shore of any of the birds, but every once in a while, one would venture within camera range, including one juvenile who flew right over my head.  Very cool to see them so close.

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Northern Gannet 1

Northern Gannet 2

Northern Gannet 3

Northern Gannet 4

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Northern Gannet 5

Northern Gannet 6

Northern Gannet 7

 

Northern Gannet - Morus bassanus 

Northern Gannet #2 shown above 


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