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Gannet at rest

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07/03/2013 at 1:22 am

Return to Muriwai

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Gannet again

It’s getting close to the end of the gannet’s season in beautiful New Zealand. They spend the summer here, but care not for our cold wet and blustery winters – they head over to Australia and indulge in their tropical winters. But they’ll be back in the spring to mate and lay eggs and nurture their young. It’s a bit scary looking at the young ones just now. The early hatchlings are now full sized, and while they do not have the adult colouring, they are stretching and flapping and getting ready to take off. (More about that tomorrow!) Then there are the late hatchlings, some still with nothing but baby down. They need more time – much more time… I thought this would be my last trip to see them this season, but perhaps I will make one more…


I just love this place – any time of year. Sadly a swimmer was killed by sharks in these waters earlier this week. Adam Strange was an athlete apparently out for a swim in a popular training spot a couple of hundred metres out. It appears he swam into a group of 3-4 sharks feeding in the area. You couldn’t really call it an attack, just a sad story of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And no, it does not happen often – the last time was in the 1960s. You’re in far more danger of getting caught in a rip tide and carried out to sea than meeting up with an aggro shark… Still – we couldn’t help but keep an eye on the spot where it happened. (Not in this photo.)

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04/03/2013 at 12:45 am

Baby Gannet

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Just one quickie – have not had much time for making pictures, though I’ve been out shooting… it’s what happens as Christmas draw near and business is busy and I am trying to wrap things up so I can go on holiday on the 11th…

But… just had to share this one wee pic of a mum and baby gannet… it’s just so very sweet… and so nice to see some results after all the mating we witnessed on our previous visits…

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02/12/2012 at 10:09 pm


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Sorry I’ve been off for a wee bit. Not sure why, just very busy with all sorts.

Made a visit the other day to the Gannet Colony at Muriwai Beach. shot this with my new 70-200mm lens, with the 2x extender. It’s soooo big… and is just an amazing lens. Of course the gannet is amazing too. You don’t get a sense of scale hare, but his wingspan is nearly 2 metres across (6 feet). They glide so elegantly.

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24/09/2012 at 8:40 am

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