This stunning juvenile (Northern) gannet stood alone on the sands at Dunnet Bay, Dunnet Head, Caithness, Scotland - we watched as it remained unperturbed by closely passing walkers as well as a lone runner with his dog. The bird allowed me to approach within feet of it.
Adds: This seemingly odd behavior of a juv. gannet was witnessed for a second time at Skiall Bay, West Mainland, Orkney a few days later. Neither of the birds appeared distressed in manner or by the proximity of human or dog activity.
Photographs courtesy Alison Hogan