gannet colony, lambert's bay

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Comments (5)

Epi F.Villanueva on December 27, 2007

Hola Sue Fantastic, NICE. From Spain FELIZ AÑO 2008 Epi

Dror Ben David on December 6, 2008

Great birding picture! Bravo!

Rafael Saludes on June 4, 2009


Ladislav Remšík on April 2, 2010

The birds live there or it is only moving pause?

Sue Hoppe on October 10, 2010

@Ladislav, sorry, i only saw this comment now... I found this info on the Kruger park website:

Name : Cape Gannet Latin Name : Sula capensis Family : Sulidae Length : 84 - 94 cm Habitat : Breed on Bird Island and Malgas Island from September to March. Migration : Young birds seen from December to May migrate during the winter months up the east and west coasts. Bird Call : The voice is a loud raucous "kara-kara-kara-kara". Number of chicks : 1 chick. Breeding : The single egg is incubated by the birds' feet. It is initially bluish-white but later becomes dirty and covered in guano. Immature Description : Immatures all-dark initially, heavily spotted and speckled all over, body, head and neck, becoming white in that sequence. Adult Description : Unmistakable, large black and white seabird with yellow head and hind neck, at close range with distinctive black lines on bill and face, plus a long black line down centre of throat. The Cape Gannet is a large white marine bird with long wings, completely webbed toes and pointed bill; nostrils not visible; tail feather not so stiff as in Cormorants and Pelicans. Status : Common or locally abundant resident.

Distribution : A common off-shore species, resident throughout the year on the west and southern coasts. Found in coastal waters throughout the year as far as 160 kms offshore.

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  • Uploaded on July 19, 2006
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    by Sue Hoppe
    • Camera: HP oj4200