Gannet | Joel Walley Wildlife Photography
Rough Landing!. With a 170cm wingspan and a weight of 3kg, the Gannet (Morus bassanus) is the largest sea bird found around UK waters. The Gannet is famous for its hunting technique, circling to up to 40m high before diving to catch fish below. During this dive Gannets can reach speeds of up to 100Km/h, plunging to a depth of almost 20m. Each spring the adult birds, recognisable by their striking white and cream colour and black wing tips, return to steep sea cliffs to breed. Only two mainland breeding colonies exist in the UK, the largest of which is Bempton Cliffs in East Yorkshire, where this photograph was taken.

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