2013 Bonanza Bird #25: Northern Gannet

We're adding new birds each day until we reach our 500th Birdorable species! Today's Bonanza bird is the Northern Gannet.

Birdorable Northern Gannet

The Northern Gannet is a large species of seabird found around northern waters of the Atlantic Ocean. They breed off of North America and Europe.

Northern Gannet by Amy Evenstad (your blogger)

Northern Gannets feed in a spectacular fashion. They dive into the water to catch fish. A Northern Gannet may begin its dive from over 100 feet above the water, tucking their wings back and aiming down headfirst. They may reach speeds of 60 mph before hitting the water and diving down 15 feet or more. Once caught, the prey of the Northern Gannet is always consumed underwater.

northern gannet

Tomorrow's new bird is a very colorful European breeder that has a special fondness for a certain family of insects.



Molly Merula on July 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM wrote:
A European Bee-Eater! : D
Jays and Kestrels on September 10, 2013 at 7:44 PM wrote:
An ovenbird!!!
Louise Warner on February 23, 2017 at 4:18 PM wrote:
bee eaters rock!
Spurwing Plover on May 8, 2022 at 7:33 AM wrote:
Spurwing Plover on June 14, 2022 at 4:06 AM wrote:
The European Bee Eater just eats those European Bees

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