Image: Alexander Safonov
A Cape Gannet in ‘flight’ among the bubble clouds
Cape Gannets are picky when it comes to deciding where to raise their young, and there are only six islands on which they lay their eggs. Three of these islands are off the coast of Namibia, and the other three off the coast of South Africa. Cape Gannets can fly great distances, and young birds travel as far as Tanzania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, and beyond. Juvenile birds will sometimes follow shoals of sardines – their favorite food – for over 4,000 miles (6,800 km). They have even been spotted in Western Australia!