Photo of the Day 22 September 2007

Malgas Island, South Africa, 1996
Photograph by Chris Johns
Dressed in snow-white plumage and golden crowns, a colony of cape gannets nests on the rocky coast of Malgas Island in South Africa's West Coast National Park. The World Conservation Union lists these graceful shorebirds, found almost exclusively in coastal Africa, as vulnerable. The 70,000 cape gannets of Malgas Island share their waters with scores of oil tankers.