Monday, 2 August 2010

Absentee Parents ...

No, not the local Social Services ...

Bass Rock is home to around 50,000 pairs of breeding gannets each year.  Apparently, if a young gannet chick falls out of the nest, it is abondoned by it's parents.  I think I also read somewhere that a pair of gannets only raise one chick per year, but may be mistaken about this. 
Anyway, the local boat operator ( of Sula II ) rescues any such chicks that he finds, and raises them in his back garden, with a view to releasing them back into the wild.

Meanwhile, mum and dad are somewhere below :-

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