Northern Gannet on north beach at Tybee Island, GA.
Offshore Cape Hatteras, NC February 17, 2014
Gannet Photo used by permission from Julie Oldfield who was traveling with me at that time.
Amazing! You could basically walk up to them and they didn't care (there was a very short, insubstantial rope fence). Constant noise and movement of birds squabbling, feeding their young, doing some kind of ritual head-waving dance, ferrying in small branches, running for takeoff, and landing ungracefully and straight down with their big flat feet fanned.
Immature northern gannet, seen soaring alone over Jetty Park. Several adult gannets seen flying near shore.