Northern Gannet is a large black and white seabird that nests at a few colonies, mainly on remote islets. At sea, Northern Gannet appears white and cigar-shaped with pointed head and tail. Wings long, straight and pointed with large black tips. Flies low over the water on stiff, shearwater-like wings, before rising in series of flaps and starting another glide. Makes dramatic dives for fish, often from a great height. The adult has a yellow wash over head. Immatures share the same basic shape, but are dark brown; gradually become whiter over a period of four years.
Status: seen passing offshore, especially in north and west where main breeding colonies located; can be seen off all coasts during the passage. Similar Species: ally(lark juveniles separated Great Cofiliorant by different flight and behavior.