Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The ritual starts

Once installed in their nest, the gannet rapidly engage a confrontation with their immediate neighbors.  If the neighbors are as quarrelsome as they are, the exchange might last a few minutes, otherwise only a few seconds is all that it takes to calm the burst of agressivity that is needed to confirm the territory’s ownership.  Once settled, the couple rapidly forgets his neighbors and start a short courtship display.  Too bad that a picture doesn’t talk because the sounds emitted by the bird stretching his neck is frightening…  A few pecking exchanges between the couple, just like fencing fighters and finally, the mating takes place on the nest and one of the birds leaves to go fishing.  Imagine 100 000 birds confined on the same cliff repeating this ritual all day long… something to become crazy about… Have a good day. Louis