When gannets return to the nest, they greet each other by doing an activity called ‘bill fencing‘. The BBC calls “this gannet equivalent of kissing.” This is when they tap their bills against each others necks and faces to reaffirm their pair bond. It’s hard to describe and I may have misinterpreted it, but it is still an astonishing site to see.
My photos do not do the act justice. It is incredibly tender and beautiful. It cements why I love the species so much.