2019—Bird Rock—Newfoundland

Cape St. Mary’s on the southwest tip of Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland, Canada is home to Bird Rock one of three breeding colonies of Northern Gannets in Newfoundland. Northern Gannets are the largest seabirds in the Atlantic Ocean. They’re the first to arrive and the last to leave Bird Rock. This time of year, they are the only seabirds remaining at Bird Rock and there are about 15,000 pairs here, as well their chicks. In October, near the end of the breeding season, chicks are strengthening their wings and are beginning to fly off where they will learn on their own how to survive. Adults are monogamous and mate for life. They are apart for six months of the year. In March, they return to Bird Rock, find the same nesting spot, and find each other. It is a mystery how they do this. Mated pairs greet each other with various displays such as this one.