Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The death of three Gannets, spaced out along 3.5 kilometres of sandy beach is a mystery to us. Their feathers are a gleaming white, highly reflective as if they were clothed with light. The stripes on their black feet are pale blue, as are their beaks, and the longer feathers on their heads are golden-yellow. The eyes are positioned so that they can see directly below them - the better to see fish while flying.
Gannets dive from 30 metres above the water, reaching speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour, penetrating the ocean to greater depths than other diving birds can reach. They don't have external nostrils, and they also have special air sacs under their skin to cushion the impact.
Fred saw one adult Gannet diving for fish as he walked, finding its dead relatives on the beach.
Posted by Aleta Karstad at 8:11 PM