The Gannet (Gainéad) 2p
The gannet is a big seabird,
when they are fully-grown they are about three feet or 91 cm in height. It looks like a
huge seagull from a distance. His colour is white with black tipped wings. Close up it has
a lovely yellowish head and a very sharp beak.
There are special places to go and see them. They usually live in very large numbers, called colonies. One such group, live on the Little Skellig island, which is off the Kerry coast. There are about 20,000 breeding pairs there. It is said they have been there for at least 300 years. You usually have to get a boat trip to see them up close, you should also bring a pair of binoculars.
There are two smaller colonies on The Bull Rock, Co. Cork and on The Great Saltee Island off county Wexford. You can get to the Saltees by going on a boat trip from Kilmore Quay. They live in these out of the way places so they won't be disturbed. I hope to go there someday soon as Wexford is next door to us here in Waterford. I am not living here very long. I enjoyed working on this project. We all learned a lot about birds and computers, but especially birds.
The stamp was issued in Phase 2 on August 27th. 1997.Researched and written by--: Alan Clarke