The decoys are our way of telling passing-by gannets
that this place is safe, it's predator free and it would be a good place for them to live.
Around 1,500 gannets
nesting at Bass Rock could be killed each year by collisions with turbines at two planned off-shore wind farms less than 50km (30 miles) away, approaching levels which could threaten the long-term viability of the population, it found.
The method of foraging by gannets
lends them to picking up bait fish on longlines, as they are considered to obtain prey usually by rapid, vertical, shallow plunge dives (17) and are notorious for picking up floating debris, including netting, from the sea surface.
are large, bright white seabirds with a distinctively shaped long neck and pointed beak.
As well as taking care of a long list of other duties, Chris can regularly be found teetering on the edge of the picturesque Troup Head cliffs - home to Scotland's only mainland gannet
colony - while he maintains the camera.
It was found that each colony held huge fishing grounds but, despite these populations sometimes being sited next to or near each other, the gannets
didn't trespass on their neighbours' turf.
docId=N0059831347172605159A) raw power and grace of the diving gannets
After a day with the gannets
, we visited Elephant Hill Estate Winery which boasts a stunning restaurant as well as world-class wines.
The research team studied banded Australasian gannets
at Cape Kidnappers during consecutive breeding seasons in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.
Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh, the Bempton Cliffs of Yorkshire and Grassholm Island off the Pembrokeshire Coast in Wales are home to tens of thousands of breeding pairs of gannets
at this time of year.
A WEARY gannet
is recovering at a North Wales zoo after being blown by strong winds hundreds of miles off course.
The birds are Northern gannets
, and more than 10,000 of them live at the Cape St.