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TITLE
Gannet
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_351_P206
DATE OF IMAGE
1776
PERIOD
1760s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31170
KEYWORDS
gannets
birds
St Kilda
colonies
sea birds
Gannet

The Northern Gannet is a particularly large sea bird with a wing span of about 6ft. A mature bird is white with black wingtips and a yellowish orange head.

Gannets fish by plunging from a great height into the water to depths of up to 30ft. They usually swallow the fish whole before they return to the surface.

Gannets come ashore only to breed. They nest in large colonies on cliff ledges of rocky off shore islands. The world's largest gannet colony is on St Kilda, 41 miles west of Benbecula, with 50,000 nesting pairs.

This illustration was taken from 'A Tour in Scotland' by Thomas Pennant

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Gannet

1760s

gannets; birds; St Kilda; colonies; sea birds

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

The Northern Gannet is a particularly large sea bird with a wing span of about 6ft. A mature bird is white with black wingtips and a yellowish orange head. <br /> <br /> Gannets fish by plunging from a great height into the water to depths of up to 30ft. They usually swallow the fish whole before they return to the surface.<br /> <br /> Gannets come ashore only to breed. They nest in large colonies on cliff ledges of rocky off shore islands. The world's largest gannet colony is on St Kilda, 41 miles west of Benbecula, with 50,000 nesting pairs. <br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'A Tour in Scotland' by Thomas Pennant