Northern Gannet, Morus bassanus: Bonaventure Island; Quebec, Canada
Bonaventure Island lies just east of the Gaspe’ peninsula just a few miles off the coast of Perce’. The island is one of the world’s largest gannet nesting colony, and one of my favorite photography destinations.
I photographed this pair of birds on their nest. When the male returns to the nest the two birds point their beaks skyward and rub their beaks together as part of the bonding process. More than 55,000 pairs of birds nest on Bonaventure, so this scene is fairly common to see. A gannet colony is a remarkable thing to see and experience. The noise is deafening, and the smell, well, not too pleasant, but the experience is extraordinary.
To see an earlier post on Bonaventure Islands and its gannets, click this link: http://bobbyharrison.blogspot.com/2010_07_01_archive.html ,and scroll down to the July 14, 2010 post