Story: Gannets and boobies

Defending territory

Gannets are strongly territorial and defend their nesting sites against intruders. As the nests are built only about 1 metre apart, any gannet that chooses to wander through the colony could be threatened. Watch one hapless gannet attempting to negotiate its way between some nests.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Gannets and boobies - Gannets: life history and feeding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015