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Takapu (Australasian Gannet) feeding chick at Muriwai - a series | by famkefonz
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Takapu (Australasian Gannet) feeding chick at Muriwai - a series

The gannet colony is at the south end of Muriwai Beach, it is currently the most successful gannet colony in the world, with the population increasing (along with another NZ colony at Cape Kidnappers in Hawkes Bay), while some in other parts of the world are decreasing.

The chicks are abandoned by their parents once old enough to fly, then they have to take the plunge off the cliffs alone, and fly solo over 2,000 kms to Australia where they spend the first 2 years of their lives. They then return to New Zealand to breed. Once they have returned, they do not leave again.

Taken while showing Flickr friend Kathy (Maia Bird) who is visiting from the USA, the gannet colony

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Taken on January 24, 2012