A great host of sea-birds was rising from it and returning; in the waters near us the dear little petrels dotted the surface with black points, while slow-flying gannets traveled sedately and active terns rioted in the air.
I was thinking, Ready, if thosegannets and men-of-war birds would be good eating.
These bonettas were so anxious to catch them, that they came on shore also, and then thegannets picked them all up.
Terns and gannets were amongst the birds of the coastal waters.
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Gannets nesting on the cliffs of Bonaventure Island, Gulf of St. Lawrence .
The gannets were sleeping on the tops of the bushes, and some of the crabs had climbed up the bushes and were sunning themselves on the top.
The gannets and terns were quite extraordinary, like all the living things there.
The first sign had been the swift congregation of birds, particularly the gannets and skuas.
It could not be otherwise, the gannets had led us to their old haunts.
A young savage as captain, a tame seal as boatswain, and a flock ofgannets as sailors, certainly made up as curious a set of adventurers as ever floated upon the wide ocean.
Nero lay as still as if his former lesson had taught him the necessity of remaining motionless; and the gannets now and then expressed their satisfaction by a shrill cry or a rapid fluttering of their wings.
My disappointment was shared by Nero, who seemed to regard my vexation with a sympathising glance, and even the gannets turned their dull stupid gaze upon me, with an expression as if they deeply commiserated my distress.
Of birds, the gannets were generally the sole frequenters of the island; but we had seen, at rare intervals, birds of a totally different character, some of which I had shot.
The breeze remained fair and we scudded along at a spanking rate, thegannets keeping us company all the way--evidently bound to the same shore.
Many Gannets at these times may, perhaps, be seen swimming, but they are merely resting, not fishing.
There are many colonies of Gannets round the British coasts, one of the most accessible, and perhaps the most famous, being on the Bass Rock, in the Firth of Forth.
At the Bass Rock, numbers of young Gannets used to be taken for food, the proprietor baking quantities, and selling them to the country people round about.
On every side the Gannets are eyeing you suspiciously, some disgorging fish previous to taking wing, others barking defiance as you approach them, and stubbornly remaining upon their egg until absolutely pushed from it.
The Gannetsfollow the shoals of fish as they swim near the surface.
Early in the springGannets begin to assemble at the breeding places, and towards the end of April nest building commences.
The Cormorant, however, never fishes like the Gannets and the Terns, by a headlong plunge from the sky.
Cormorants and Gannets are widely dispersed species; the former are almost cosmopolitan, only being absent from the polar regions and Polynesia; the latter are most abundant in the tropics and the southern seas.
About four hundred Gannets are shown nesting on this single ledge--one of many quite as densely populated.
I have heard of men catching gannetsby tying a fish on a board, and letting it float; and when the gannet strikes at it he drives his bill into the board, and cannot get it out.
Gannets are of no use, for eating, or anything else.
Such birds as Guillemots, Razorbills, Puffins, and Gannets are here in vast abundance, but our space is required for the description of a few birds that we meet with nowhere else in the British archipelago in such numbers.
The Gannets in the air are quiet enough, gliding to and fro in a bewildering throng, but the birds on the cliffs and the grassy downs at the summit, those that are standing or sitting, keep up a never-ending chorus of harsh cries.
We have caught Gannets when thus asleep, but care must be exercised to grip the bird firmly round the neck, or a stab from the formidable beak will reward the would-be captor's rashness.
Here on the grassy downs, near the edge of the cliffs, numbers of Gannets may be seen standing quietly, some fast asleep with their head buried in the dorsal plumage.
There are few more charming sights amongst bird-life at sea than a company of Gannets when fully on the feed.
At the end of March or during the first half of April the Gannets begin to assemble at the time-honoured nesting-place.
In any case, judging from the most reliable information obtainable, the Gannets seem to be on the decrease.
The grand home of theGannets here is situated upon the north, north-east, and west cliffs.
The gannets are such gluttons, they generally fly home so full of fish that they are unable to close their beaks.
The breeze remained fair, and we scudded along at a spanking rate, the gannets keeping us company all the way--evidently bound to the same shore.
A young Savage as captain, a tame seal as boatswain, and a flock of gannets as sailors, certainly made up as curious a set of adventurers as ever floated upon the wide ocean.
Kittiwakes andgannets were readily censused by a combination of photographic methods and detailed counts in sample areas (Brun 1971b).
South African gannets are apparently depositing guano that is worth twice as much as the fish they consume to produce it (Jarvis 1971).
Evidently immigration of gannets is still occurring, since the observed rate of increase far exceeds the population's intrinsic rate of increase.
The most striking difference is the very small number of procelli-forms and gannets in Norway compared to Britain and Ireland, where they are almost as numerous as the gulls and the auks.
The air above for a hundred yards, and for some distance around the whole rock, was filled with Gannets on the wing, which from our position made it appear as if a heavy fall of snow was directly above us.
Many Gannets also were seen about the extreme point of this island.
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