National Geographic : 1948 Jun
VIII Wings Stretched, Head Wagging Side to Side, a Gannet (Left) Avows His Love Three birds (right) remain aloof. Another grooms its tail. The remaining one, bestowing a benevolent look, admits she's touched. Gannets thus perform before their young, as if to teach courtship ritual. © National Geographic Society Kodaehromes by Arthur A. Allen Great Black-backed Gull, the Atlantic Pirate, Nurses a Brood of Little Buccaneers Lacking fish, this bold bird steals the eider's eggs and downy young. Blackback is the largest gull along our eastern coast. Occasionally it visits Florida. Usually it leads a hermit's life, shunning large flocks.