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Gannet Nesting Instincts

Although gannets do not build as evident a nest as other species (the egg and the chick are held on the tops of the parent's feet) they do occasionally collect nesting materials to present to their mates upon their return to the nesting site. This bird has just pulled up (with much awkward flapping and effort) a beakful of grass. He/she then hopped off down the runway, going airborne and out to sea, and landed to wash the grass. After returning, we watched him/her walk around shaking the grass to dry it, then hop off into the colony (setting off the usual honking) to profer it to its mate.

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