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That helps me - I saw a number of similar birds while crossing the north sea from Kent toward Stavanger a couple of weeks ago. I didn't get any photos but the birds in question were like this.. notably all dark above except a pale flash on the rump. Is that really a gannet's bill though? Doesn't like pointy enough to me.

I didn't mark the ones I saw down as gannet even though I've seen lots of immature gannet in the past (albeit from the shore rather than looking down from above from a boat) and there adult gannets around - without any binoculars they looked slightly smaller and more dainty than gannets and less angular, but given the well established difficulty of establishing size I will happily discount that. I initially assumed some form of shearwater but couldn't match my recollection with any (likely) species.

If this is a gannet though then that's what I was seeing as well.
 
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