I found this Northern Gannet on the Emerald Coast of Florida, across the bridge from busy Destin. Gannets are giant seabirds, spending most of their lives soaring on the ocean winds. This juvenile was sitting on the beach, emaciated and sick. Though it was amazing to see such a magnificent bird at close range, its ill-health and weak status were definitely sad.
Erika Zambello is a writer, birder, and photographer living and working along the Emerald Coast of Florida. She has a master’s degree in environmental management, where she specialized in ecosystem science and conservation. Her love of the outdoors was inspired by a childhood in Maine, where she returned for her National Geographic Young Explorer grant. In addition to Maine, she has lived in New York, France, Washington, DC, and North Carolina. Erika believes in the power of communicating conservation and exploration, which was the inspiration for One World, Two Feet. View all posts by Erika Zambello