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Muriwai Gannet Colony

January 6th, 2010

A classic shot of the gannet colony at Auckland's Muriwai beach. About 1,200 pairs of gannets nest here from August to March each year. Each pair lays one egg and the parents take turns on the nest. A few weeks after hatching, the chicks begin to exercise their wings in preparation for the one-shot jump off the cliff. Once airborne, the young gannets leave the colony and cross the Tasman Sea to Australia. A few years later, surviving birds return to secure a nest site at the colony.

Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20, Singh Ray Reverse GND, Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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Posted By: jman
about 14 years, 5 months ago
the birds looked like seashells at first...interesting shot
Posted By: lerch84
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Now your shots apart from being stunning, became instructive too..i also noted those birds were not afraid by you!
Posted By: QuaffAPint
about 14 years, 5 months ago
I really enjoy reading the background on the shots, so thanks for writing that up - It was a nice little tidbit :-).
Posted By: Mac Man
about 14 years, 5 months ago
OMG! i was at the same spot years ago o__O
New zealand is a dream.. .__.

nice gannets
Posted By: stubulman
about 14 years, 5 months ago

First, I mistook the birdies for barnacles. Second, why the birds would want to leave NZ escapes me. Also, What was your vantage point? Were you perched atop a cliff yourself? Please be careful!
Posted By: Yorkie X
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Great on many levels, When art can teach us something its more than art ...
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 14 years, 5 months ago
@stubulman, no idea why the birds would want to leave NZ, especially for Australia :) There are several lookouts at the beach with safety barriers so no extreme photography required.
Posted By: nbocch
about 14 years, 5 months ago
This is beautiful! My new desktop immediately.
Posted By: Dominic Kamp
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Very beautiful shot, Chris! Especially, because the birds stayed put!

I found this crazy "extreme photography" picture. Have a look:
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Wow, that guy is nuts!!
Posted By: Bosque
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Love it. After seeing the thumbnail it was a nice surprise seeing all white dots were birds! :)
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 14 years, 5 months ago
I just read that whole story from Hans van de Vorst and it is unbelievable! I mean, I can just about get my head around the entire situation, but the fact that this dude was wearing flip-flops was too much. I won't even take my equipment outside for fear that it will get a scratch - and this guy is performing stunts like that!
Posted By: R4_Grace89
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Great article, thanks.
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Great shot Chris. Not fancy getting any closer? LOL
Posted By: ISO2112
about 14 years, 2 months ago

was looking through National Geographic photo contest winners, this one was taken from the same spot!

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