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Set B4 - Bird Portraits - card information

47. Gannet

47. Gannet

A large sea bird which may be seen fishing off our coasts, cruising about on long wings, and then suddenly falling like an arrowhead, leaving a tall spout of spray as it pIunges into the water. Often the fish is swallowed while the bird is submerged, but if the prey is large it will be brought to the surface and swallowed more leisurely. Gannets nest in large colonies, in closely packed masses of dazzling white birds, on lonely islets or on high detached rocks around Britain.