Birdorable Northern Gannet

2013 Bonanza Bird #25: Northern Gannet

July 25th, 2013 in Birdorable Bonanza 2013 3 comments

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.

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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.

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

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