Gannets (Sulidae)
Gannets are large seabirds with long necks, long pointed bills, long pointed tails and long pointed wings, giving them a distinctive shape. They feed by diving from the air, and fly on stiff wings in a flap-glide manner similar to the shearwaters. Although they are exclusively seabirds, they seldom venture far beyond the continental shelf.
There are nine species worldwide. One species breeds in Europe.
Species seen but not photographed:
  • Australasian Gannet: New Zealand (November 2001)