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Photo: Australasian Gannet Muriwai

The Australasian Gannet is widespread around all New Zealand coastlines.

Gannets nest in dense colonies on small islands and jutting cliffs with most being in the North Island of New Zealand.

There are three mainland colonies which have formed in New Zealand at Cape Kidnappers, Muriwai (near Auckland), and Farewell Spit at the top of the South Island. Australasian Gannets congregate at these nesting sites in early spring with the males usually arriving first. After breeding and once the chicks have fledged and left the nest the mature adult birds tend to be sedentary, only fishing over inshore sea close in to the coast.

Australasian Gannet, Morus serrator, at the Takapu Refuge - Muriwai Gannet Colony during sunset, Muriwai Beach, Muriwai, near Auckland, Waitakere, West Coast, North Island, New Zealand.

Australasian Gannet Muriwai

Australasian Gannet Muriwai
Photo of an adult Australasian Gannet at the Takapu Refuge Gannet Colony in Murawai, New Zealand.

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Technical Information:
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/500 sec. on ISO 400, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 105mm.

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Australasian Gannet Muriwai
The Australasian Gannet is widespread around all New Zealand coastlines.
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Rolf Hicker
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