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Dive season Cape gannet diving for sardine. South Africa, sardine run 2019. Cape gannet,Morus capensis,Sardine Run,South Africa,Underwater,hunting birds Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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Cape gannet diving for sardine. South Africa, sardine run 2019.

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  1. Stunning photo! Posted one year ago
  2. Epic! Posted one year ago
  3. Watching the gannets dive bomb into the waters here off the east coast of Australia is so exciting! Now look at this incredible moment captured off South Africa from beneath the waves - what a brilliant action shot! Posted one year ago
  4. This is so beautiful! Posted one year ago
  5. From today's Facebook post:

    The Cape gannet (Morus capensis) is one of the fastest, most agile seabirds. They fly over the water, searching for fish, with sardines and anchovies being their preferred fare. Gannets are known to have large appetites and to be quite gluttonous. Sometimes, they will fly up to 500 km (310 miles) to find enough food. When shoals of fish are finally located, the gannets plunge into the water, at depths of up to 20 m (65 ft), to spear the fish with their beaks. Like nature’s missiles, they hit the water at speeds of up to 120 km/h (75 mph)! And, of course, they have cool adaptations to help them accomplish this feat: their beaks are serrated and do not have external nostrils, and their eyes can block out any reflections that might distort the position of the fish in the water. Incredible!

    These gorgeous seabirds are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. In the Namibian islands, gannet populations have declined 84% in the past 50 years. 84%!! Lack of food from depleted fish stocks is a major cause of this decline. As a result, gannets congregate behind fishing vessels to eat the discarded guts that are thrown overboard. Sadly, this is not a viable solution. The birds can’t resist their natural instinct to dive and will often dive right into the nets and fishing gear, getting tangled in the process. Another issue is that the discarded fish guts are the equivalent to junk food. Chicks that are fed on these remains grow slowly and have a lower chance of survival. In addition to a poor diet, the scarcity of food forces both parents to forage at the same time, leaving their young vulnerable to attacks by predators. Researchers are working together with the fishing industry and local governments to protect areas that are crucial foraging grounds for the Cape gannet. Hopefully, these coordinated efforts will be enough to save these beautiful birds from starvation, and ultimately extinction. {Spotted in South Africa by JungleDragon user, Andrey Narchuk} #JungleDragon
    Posted one year ago

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The Cape gannet originally ''Sula capensis'', is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae.

They are easily identified by their large size, black and white plumage and distinctive yellow crown and hindneck. The pale blue bill is pointed with fine serrations near the tip; perhaps because of the depth and speed of the gannet's dive when fishing , its beak has no external nostrils into which the water might be forced.

Similar species: Cormorants And Frigatebirds
Species identified by Andrey Narchuk
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By Andrey Narchuk

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Uploaded Jun 28, 2019. Captured Jun 13, 2019 12:36.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • f/8.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO400
  • 15mm