[Mystery bird] Northern Gannet, also known by a suite of common names, including solan, solan goose and the solant bird, Morus bassanus (formerly; Sula bassana), photographed from the Channel ferry near Calais, France. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Nikon D40x with Tamron 70-300AF.
Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.
This mystery seabird, photographed in France, has a special character that allows it to make a living in its own remarkable way. Can you tell me more about this bird's lifestyle and the character that makes it possible?
Gannets dive for fish from a height 25m or more and may reach 100km/h when they hit the water. The impact is cushioned by an extensive network of air-sacs between the muscles and skin of these birds.
One of my favourite birds. Wonderful to watch.
Easy to identify, based on the beautifully sleek shape, yellow head and black wing tips.
I had to look up the adaptations, but I correctly guessed what they related to.
I always look forward to watching these when I'm travelling by ferry.
Adrian, what a GREAT shot!
Is this one of those northern sea birds that has a special nostril adaptation? (There's one in Europe, I think?)
My favourite bird's the gannet:
It's the best bird on the planet.
It's better than knots
And beats razorbills by lots and lots.
Yes, my favourite bird's the gannet:
It just can't be beaten, can it?
It hatches on ledges,
Where it stays till it fledges
And grows a physique
With a fabulous beak.
Then it takes to the air
And soars way up there,
Till it reaches a summit,
Whence it dives in a plummet
And down with a S W I S H !
It catches a fish.
Yes, my favourite bird's the gannet
(Apart from my girlfriend, Janet!).
--Julian Date (1989)
...I'm secretly quite proud of this shot I took a couple of years back:
Lovely shot, Adrian! Not a bird I've seen in life, though I have seen 3 of its smaller relatives; but an easy one to ID. I'm figuring the internal bubble-pack inside its head would adapt it well to its lifestyle.
Perhaps Julian Date (quoted by Richard above) was somehow related to the one whom WE quote: "whose beak holds more than its belly can." Almost three times as much!