Monday, 21 October 2013

Gannet At Muriwai

There are a number of gannet colonies around New Zealand, 3 of them on the mainland: Muriwai, Cape Kidnappers (near Napier), and Farewell Spit (northern end of South Island). Cape Kidnappers is the largest, where visitors can come extremely close to the birds, whilst Muriwai is the most accessible site (especially if you live in Auckland!). Over the last 12 years I have made many visits to the Muriwai gannet colony: to enjoy the rugged scenery, to take photographs of the birds, and to let the wind blow the cobwebs away. Though I've been to Murawi and the surrounding area many times, I've only seen the gannets get this close up once in the past. The gannet in question seemed oblivious to my presence and it was special to get this close to such a magnificent creature.

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