Another of my favourite things to witness at Point Danger were the fights between individual gannets. I only saw a couple, but they were definitely a sight to behold! Watching normal fights are fascinating, but the sheer size of these birds leave you in awe. I think at one point one was pulling at another birds wing! In this video, you can see just how violent the gannets can be. (I think the birds in that video are a different species).
Melanie explained how the fights were mostly between the birds on the edge of the colony, who are the younger ones trying to establish their territory. Space is scarce so it is very competitive! I’m not sure if it is just the males who stay, or the age of the birds. Maybe first year?
Regardless, it was a highlight of the day. Something I would never have seen if I didn’t seek out a proper colony.