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Gannet colony at Lambert's Bay, South Africa

Cape Gannet colony at Lambert’s Bay, South Africa

There are only six Cape Gannet breeding colonies in the world and one of them can be found three hours north of Cape Town in the little fishing town of Lambert’s Bay. The famous Bird Island Nature Reserve can be accessed by walking across the breakwater that connects the island to the mainland. Known for being the most accessible gannet colony in the world, Bird island is also home to other bird species  like Hartlaubs’ gulls, jackass penguins, and four different species of cormorants. A small colony of Cape Fur seals also calls the island home.

Gannet colony as seen from the observatory

Gannet colony as seen from the observatory

Between October and December, some 5,000 pairs of Cape Gannets gather on Bird Island and build nests from their own guano (poop). The incredible congregation of birds can be viewed from the nearby observatory that overlooks the colony. The views are superb and the glass in the hide enables bird enthusiasts to watch bird behaviors and photograph the spectacle.

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