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Northern Gannet (Lat. Morus bassanus – Nl. Jan van Gent) – portrait
cool lady, isn’t she! :D
Quote Wikipedia :
“Their breeding range is the North Atlantic. They normally nest in large colonies, on cliffs overlooking the ocean or on small rocky islands. The largest colony of this bird, with over 60,000 couples, is found on Bonaventure Island, Quebec, but 68% of the world population breeds around the coasts of Great Britain, with the largest colonies on the Bass Rock (whence the species’ Latin name) and Borera, St Kilda.
In the United Kingdom, gannets are a protected species. However, a legal exception is made for the inhabitants of the district of Ness (also known as Nìs) of the Isle of Lewis who are allowed to kill up to 2000 gannets (locally known as guga) annually to serve as a traditional local delicacy—the taste is described as fishy.2"
Northern Gennet are on the IUCN list of threatened species – status: least concern
Although Northern Gannet populations are now stable, their numbers were once greatly reduced due to loss of habitat, removal of eggs and killing of adults.
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Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/250 sec, f. 5.6, focal length 300 , ISO 200
Date: May, 2011
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This image was challenge winner in Cee’s fun artsy friends – ‘Birds’ (Aug. 18, 2011)
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Shared challenge winner in The delight of all things white – Amateur Photographers association (Dec. 28, 2011)
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Featured in Monochrome in colour (June 13 , 2011)
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Featured in Eye contact (June 29, 2011)
Top10 in Nature In Its Entirety – July Avatar (July 5, 2011)
Featured in Openings Celebration Features in Simply White (Oct. 9, 2011)
Top10 in Birds of the World – Shutterbugs (Dec 27, 2011)
Top10 in letter G – Cee’s fun artsy friends (Jan. 9, 2012)
Featured in Alphabeth Soup – letter N (April 15, 2012)
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