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Australasian gannet

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This morning’s picture of a gannet colony at Muriwai on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island might have left you wanting a better look at an individual Australasian gannet, Morus serrator, so here’s a closer view of one from that February 7th visit.

For more information about this species, you can consult New Zealand Birds Online. You’d also do well to check out Gary Bolstad’s post from 2013 showing pictures of the same nesting site and even some gannets in flight.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 18, 2015 at 12:05 PM

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  1. Fabulous! Yes, I noticed the term “Australasian” yesterday, when I spoke of the Mute Swan’s distribution, it said it was “Australasian”, interesting. What colors these Gannets have! DOF here was perfect.

    Maria F.

    March 18, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    • Thanks for your appreciation as a photographer, Maria. What a coincidence that you came across the term Australasian just yesterday.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 18, 2015 at 12:30 PM

  2. Astonishingly beautiful this Australasian gannet,

  3. Great shot.

    Raewyn's Photos

    March 18, 2015 at 3:27 PM

  4. We have Northern Gannet colonies a few hundred miles northeast of here and I have always wanted to visit there. They are such handsome birds. Nice shot, Steve.

    Steve Gingold

    March 18, 2015 at 3:47 PM

  5. Aren’t they beautiful birds? This is a really lovely portrait. I think the pelagic birds are among the most fascinating — no wonder they’ve given rise to so many myths.


    March 18, 2015 at 9:35 PM

  6. You are right. I did want a better view of an individual gannet. Did you hear this one say ‘oh-ah’ as it took off? Beautiful photo.


    March 19, 2015 at 3:49 AM

    • You didn’t know I was such a mind reader, did you? I may be claircognizant, but unfortunately I wasn’t clairaudient or even just plain audient, so I didn’t hear the gannet say ‘oh-ah’ (but actually that’s because it didn’t take off while I was around; too bad I can’t easily go back over there and listen again).

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2015 at 5:58 AM

  7. A beautiful photograph of an interesting and attractive bird. The blue around the eyes is particularly fetching. Reminds me of the shade of eye shadow I used many, many years ago when blue was all the rage! 🙂


    March 19, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    • Agreed: that ring of blue goes well with the larger orange area adjacent to it. Was the shade of eye shadow called Gannet Blue?

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2015 at 7:13 AM

      • Oh dear, that was much too long ago for me to remember, but somehow I doubt it. 😉


        March 19, 2015 at 7:16 AM

  8. This is a very fitting portrait of one of my favorite seabirds of all time, Steve, and I’m delighted that you had the opportunity to visit this absolutely magical place in a magical land. And I also thank you for the nod and the link!


    March 19, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    • You’ve had more visits to Muriwai than I have, Gary, and more chances to take pictures (which I’m happy to point people to).

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2015 at 11:30 PM

  9. They’re really quite cool looking, too! Kind of like the avian world’s version of downwardly mobile nouveau riche women, in my book, with that showy, cheap eyeshadow and the faux-blonde wigs, yet for all that, having sleek and elegant lines and a boldness that won’t be ignored.


    March 24, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    • Your take on this, in which you invoke “downwardly mobile nouveau riche women,” is unique. Quelle imagination.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 24, 2015 at 6:59 PM

  10. […] If you’d like a closeup of an Australasian gannet, Morus serrator, you’re welcome to look back at a post from last year. […]

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