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.