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|The Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus, formerly Sula bassana, mascarell o alcatraz is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae.|
Young birds are dark brown in their first year, and gradually acquire more white in subsequent seasons until they reach maturity after five years. Adults are 87-100 cm long and have a 165-180 cm wingspan. Their plumage is white with black wing tips. The bill is light bluish. The eye is light blue, and it is surrounded by bare, black skin. During breeding, the head and neck are brushed in a delicate yellow.
They are migratory and most winter at sea, heading further south in the Atlantic.
These birds are spectacular divers, plunging into the ocean at high speed. They mainly eat small fish which gather in groups near the surface. Although they are powerful and agile fliers, they are clumsy in takeoffs and landings.
IUCN Red List.
This photo is taken in Roses, Alt Empordą, north of Iberian Peninsula. Original format.
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- [2008-01-24 8:52]
lovely picture..its diificult to capture birds in flight which have a longer wing span,but you have bought it well.