This blog is about the highlights of a 4 month trip with my husband - October 2011 to February 2012.
We visited South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Bangladesh and India.
All the photographs have been taken by me with a Canon EOS 550 and are copyright, credits must be given when used. For higher resolution pictures, contact me.
Monday, 28 November 2011
Takapu Refuge, Muriwai Regional Park, North Island, New Zealand
This is the only mainland gannet Morus serrator colony in NZ. Here they are perched right by the coast in the most windswept place one could imagine.
A beautiful bird gliding against the wind
They live on the edge of the wind, quoting one display board.
A couple of gannets ready to land
Note how their forewings are bent.
Close up of the nesting birds.
Each adult is sitting on a nest where they lay one eggs. At this time of the year most of the chicks are a fair size. One can see several on this picture; one more or less in the centre is being fed. The smell emanating from the colony was incredible. More than fishy...