Photo: Black Reef Gannet Colony

An Australasian Gannet prepares for take off at the Black Reef Colony on the North Island of New Zealand.

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Black Reef Gannet Colony
Photo of the great wing span of an Australasian Gannet at the Black Reef Colony in New Zealand.

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A great picture to see how massive the wing span of the Australasian Gannet is at the Black Reef Colony on the North Island of New Zealand. This bird is ready to set sail and join his friends in the cloudy sky above as they soar over the rock ledges at Black Reef near Cape Kidnappers.

An adult Australasian Gannet has a wing span that can reach up to two meters and will grow to be about two kilograms in weight. The gannet is a very awkward type of bird on land but once airborne they are known for their gracefulness. While diving for fish they can start at outrageous heights and soar to the sea below for their catch.

This area of New Zealand is home to the largest Gannet colony in the world and tourists love to come and watch these extraordinary birds in their natural environment. Take a trip with Gannet Beach Adventures, kayak, hike or take a 4WD to view this amazing Gannet Colony at Cape Kidnappers. Watch the gannet leave the cliffs of Black Reef into a world above as they take pleasure in flying the sky above on the North Island of New Zealand.

Australasian Gannets, Morus serrator, at the Black Reef colony near Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand.

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I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/8.0, exposure time of 1/200 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 35mm.

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