Nature Notes

August 8, 2011

Newfoundland-St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve

Filed under: Birds,Newfoundland — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Northern Gannet

A Northern Gannet colony can cause a sensory overload. It’s not just the experience of sight,but sound and smell as well. The smell hits you from a certain distance but the sound comes in waves, brays and crows and sudden snorts, as they announce their arrival and quarrel with their neighbors. The spectacle of a great city of gannets,displaying, copulating, defending territories and caring for their young is played out for the human observer.

Northern Gannet

As well as one of the largest gannet colonies, the reserve is also home to huge numbers of Common Murres and the most southerly colony of Thick-billed Murres. Black-legged Kittiwakes nest in high numbers as well as smaller numbers of breeding Black Guillemot and Great Cormorant. American Pipit and Horned Lark are common on the clifftop.

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3 Comments »

  1. Interesting information and photographs. Also enjoyed your previous posts. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by birdy — August 8, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

  2. That first shot is stunning Harold. It’s like it is coming out of the screen.

    Comment by holdingmoments — August 9, 2011 @ 10:23 am

  3. Love the first shot, what an intense expression!

    Comment by Nicole MacP — August 13, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

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