The gannet colony at Muriwai beach is very different from what I have been used to in the past at Cape Kidnappers.  The same species of bird but they adapt to their environment in many different ways.  The nests at Muriwai was less decorated, made using dry grass and sticks, even bits of rope – […]

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While I was watching the gannets at Muriwai I noticed one that was a different colour.  I was slightly confused because I had read that when the gannet chicks first fly, they continue out to sea and off to Australia in their first flight, so I knew it wasn’t a young gannet. I photographed it […]

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Having never been to the Muriwai Gannet Colony before I had no idea what to expect.  I had been told you can’t get as close to them as you can at Cape Kidnappers but I suspect that is slowly changing because the colony is obviously growing and the birds were indeed fairly close to the […]

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On our way North we stopped by the gannet colony at Muriwai (these will be the subjects of my next post) and I was very surprised to see nesting white-fronted terns in between the gannets on a steep bank.  Unfortunately I didn’t have my extender with me so these are crops and not the best […]

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