Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 361 - A Passing Gannet

The Australian Gannet (Morus serrator) is a pretty conspicuous bird when you are out, or around, Port Phillip.  (I learnt today that its called Port Phillip, not Port Phillip Bay - which makes no sense to me, but I must keep the pedants at bay!!)

This bird passed us on the dolphin trip, so I just had to take some pictures.








Although it does not really show it in the pictures, this bird was flying pretty fast.

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17 comments:

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Very distinctive profile and plumage. Quite similar to our Northern Gannet.

Rhodesia said...

A pretty bird as well I love the head colouring. Don't work too hard!!! Cheers Diane

Brian King said...

Gorgeous flight shots!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos Stewart.

Nathalie SANTA MARIA said...

It's beautiful! It's beautiful! Yes, these birds fly fast!!!!!
Congratulations

Rohrerbot said...

I love these birds. Hope your "busy" is a fun busy.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Great shots. I saw Gannets diving yesterday when I was on a ferry to Scotland. Yes I think the UK Heron is the same as the S.A one Stewart. Thanks for hosting and have a great week ahead.

italiafinlandia said...

Always nice to get to know new birds for me...
Have a good week!

Lea said...

Beautiful!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Great flight shots, Stewart, of a bird we came to know well. Perhaps Miriam will see its European cousin during her visit to Iceland. Yesterday she saw Puffins. If ever she and I get to Iceland together, there will be a lot more focus on birds and other wildlife than there is on this trip with her daughter.

Phil Slade said...

Hi Stewart. I'd be well pushed to separate that from our own Northern Gannet, despite your excellent photos.

This N That said...

Wonderful "in flight" shots..They have quite a wing span..Nice series..

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Lovely series of shots. It looks very much like the gannets I'm familiar with growing up in Newfoundland, Canada. There are marvelous films of how they dive bomb for food.

betty-NZ said...

Such an elegant bird. Love your photos.

Nora said...

we never get those birds here so they look so fancy to me....we just get gulls here it seems, I like the flying shots.

Wally Jones said...

The Gannet looks so sleek and handsome! I marvel at how they dive from a great height in order to get deeper in the water table.

Very nice series of photographs, Stewart!

Tabib said...

Lovely in flight shots of this fast birds.