From the Journals...Farewell Spit, South Island, New Zealand. January 15, 2000

April 29, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

Australasian gannet (Morus serrator) in flight. Farewell Spit, New Zealand.Gannet in Flight Up at 6:30. Quick breakfast and strike the tent while still wet. Ready for pick-up at 7:45. Farewell Spit Safaris was taking us on a tour to see the gannet colony at the far end of the spit, an area closed to the public.

We stopped frequently on the way as our guide pointed out various sites and birds to us. It turned into another nice day with plenty of sunshine. We drove 2 K down the beach and then walked the rest of the way through tidal mud flats which, thankfully, were dry.

The Australasian Gannet colony numbers 2,000 mating pairs. Our timing caught many of the birds as they were fledging, and it was interesting to see them try to fly. Mostly they were just flapping their wings and trying their muscles. 

 

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