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.|
For more about this colony see http://www.math.auckland.ac.nz/~hafner/gannets/
How near did you get? MReplyDelete
Perhaps 10-15 m to the nesting ones. Absolutely incredible site; when we arrived David started laughing.ReplyDelete
Interesting that some have their heads bent back, sleeping I presume? In New Scientist last week, they raised the question of why some fossilised dinosaurs had their heads and necks bent right over their backs, perhaps the same reason?ReplyDelete
First, a reply to Margaret's comment. Warmer? They were all facing the wind, so when they rest it makes sense to tuck the head back.ReplyDelete
Thanks Richard. Here is a bit of information:
Camera - Canon EOS 550D
Lens - EX SIGMA, DG MACRO 105MM 1:2.8
Settings - Manual: 1/6000, 7.1, ISO auto, AWB, AF
I took lots of photos and was delighted that some were reasonably sharp.
I have found that that this macro lens is really good for bird photography, a thing that I had never tried before. It works well from a reasonably close distance.