northern gannet, birding, birds, florida

Northern Gannet on the Emerald Coast

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.

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