In March the dense breeding colony on the cliffs above Muriwai Beach is still home to the young gannet chicks. The fledglings will fly directly from New Zealand to Australia, staying for about 3 years before returning to their homeland colony.
Gannet Web-Links: Map of NZ’s Gannet Colonies – Follow the links on the ‘teara’ site for great photos and interesting information about New Zealand’s gannet breeding colonies including the colony at Muriwai Beach. The NZ Birds site has a short description of the Otakamiro Point Colony at the southern end of Muriwai Beach. NZ Birds Online details facts about identification, distribution, habitat, breeding, etc.
My previous ‘Bees’ Nature Photography Blog-Post: Contains links to New Zealand biochemist Peter Molan’s online resource – the vast amount of knowledge gained from his 30 years of research into the medicinal properties of honey, – specifically Manuka Honey, DOC NZ: Facts about NZ’s native Manuka, NZ Manuka Group: More interesting Manuka details.