South African Island a Safe, but Noisy, Home for Gannets

May 20, 2015 5:26 PM

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Loud shrieking calls and the pungent smell of droppings from thousands of Cape gannet birds greet visitors to the Lambert's Bay Bird Island nature reserve off South Africa's west coast.

Each gannet cries a unique call as it circles the island searching for its mate in a colony of about 12,000 birds. The white gannets with yellow crowns crowd the beach, flapping their black-tipped wings. There are a few are from the Australasian and Northern gannet families. The gannets share the is...

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