Cape Gannet

To: Robert Farnes <>
Subject: Cape Gannet
From: Callan Cohen <>
Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 00:10:44 +0200
Dear Rob,

There are a number of close-up photographs of Cape Gannet, showing the
diagnostic features that you mention, at
(look under Photo Gallery). Interestingly, Australian Gannet is a vagrant to
our Cape Gannet colonies!

Best wishes,
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        of African Ornithology,
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On 16/5/02 1:55 PM, "Robert Farnes" <> wrote:

> Lawrence Rock
> 15 May 2002 I visited Lawrence Rock (10 kms south of Portland) with Marcel
> Hoogantinck from Parks Victoria to check on the Cape Gannets.  As we
> approached we could see 100's of Australasian Gannets feeding at sea and there
> were also a few thousand resting on top of Lawrence Rock so we thought we were
> in with a chance of finding a cape among them. Cameras had to stay behind on
> the boat as the weather was getting worse making landing difficult and the
> exit 2 1/2 hrs later nearly impossible. We eventually found one Cape Gannet
> and a short time later another nearby observed from 3-4m they were in an area
> called the saddle same place seven were recorded in Jan 1995 and where Marcel
> had seen them on previous trips when banding A. Gannets.
> Main features  id. M. capensis from M. serrator  both have the blue eye ring
> but cape has a paler iris and much blacker facial mask- Gular throat stripe is
> much bolder and longer in the cape this is very obvious when the birds oblige
> and point their bills up which they often do-also cape has an all black tail a
> good pointer but not diagnostic as some A. Gannets have this feature, we did
> see two A. Gannets with all black tails.
> Very few other sps.
> White-bellied Sea-Eagle (2) Imm., Little Penguins (3), White-faced Heron (4),
> Silver Gull (9). Welcome Swallows (sev.), Black-faced Cormorants (35+).  Also
> a freshly killed partly eaten (albinistic) Short-tailed Shearwater was
> collected it's outer 2-3 primaries were pure white.  Common Dolphins up to 10
> on the way out close to L. Rock.
> Rob. Farnes

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