Adult Australasian Gannets relax on the rock cliff at Muriwai Beach on the North Island of New Zealand, while one adult decides flying is best at this time. As this gannet leaves the colony, the rest of the birds sit quietly and watch while tending to their young.
Whether this gannet has spotted a good meal and is ready to take action and dive into the rough ocean waters is yet to be seen, but the wing span and markings are beautiful as he takes flight. Protecting their young is a gannet's first priority but both the female and male must keep up their strength and take turns flying and diving for meals.
Flying Gannet, Morus serrator, at a Gannet Colony at Muriwai Beach, Muriwai, near Auckland, Waitakere, West Coast, North Island, New Zealand.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/7.1, exposure time of 1/640 sec. on ISO 200, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 400mm.
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