These little guys are preparing for their breeding season. They build their nests side by side on these small ledges. Different to other sea birds, gannets build nests. They use algae as nesting material. Nowadays, they also use wasted parts of fish nets and other plastic materials. While algae decay over time, the artificial material fish nets and such consist of, don’t decay. Instead, it’s a huge danger for fish, dolphins, whales and for fish-catching birds. The material can’t be bitten through when the head, a foot or a wing gets entangled by the material. In that case the animal usually has to die.
6 thoughts on “Travel Tuesday: northern gannets”
Nice picture! it is high time to cease environment destruction…’rather not comment much more. @+ André 😉
Definitely, it seems more and more people get awake. Thanks, Solveig
Beautiful image … we have a gannet colony not far away. Ah plastics .. what have we created!
Thanks, Julie. Yes, like Goethe wrote in his poem Der Zauberlehrling (the wizard apprentice) “Die Geister, die wir riefen, werden wir nun nicht mehr los” (We will not get rid of the ghosts we called. )