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September 2, 2010

Muriwai: Gannets and Surf

Filed under: Birds,Muriwai — paul @ 7:07 am
Muriwai: Gannets and Surf

Muriwai: Gannets and Surf

A corner of the stack of Motutara Island, Muriwai (map), seen from the northern viewing platform. The gannets are back in force, preparing for the breeding season. Serendipitously, a surfer glides into the picture in Maori Bay, a popular spot for surfing.

Gannets reside in the Muriwai breeding colony for about 9 months, starting late July or early August, with the last birds gone late April. In our winter they holiday in Australia.

4 Comments

  1. Great capture of both the birds and the surfer.

    Comment by joan — September 2, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

  2. Congratulations on this brilliant composition. Love it!

    Comment by JM — September 3, 2010 @ 5:58 am

  3. I hasten to add that this is NOT a composite image, it’s exactly as it happened.

    Comment by paul — September 3, 2010 @ 11:11 am

  4. Beautiful gannet photo. Wonderful that the surfer came along just at the right time. They called them surfies when I was in Australia in 1982. And big bad men on big bad motorcycle were called bikies, which I thought was hilarious.
    Anyway, about your gorgeous gannet picture… I went from Western Canada to the east coast of Quebec to see Western Gannets, and took hundreds of pictures with a too-slow camera, so I have hundreds of pictures of white dots. But I guess I get high marks for effort.
    Kay
    Alberta, Canada

    Comment by Kay Davies — September 3, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

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