Let me introduce the Gannets – one of the most uncoordinated birds. These seabirds are known for their diving abilities and their ability to fish. Gannets can dive from a height of 30 meters, achieving speeds of 100 km/h as they strike the water, enabling them to catch fish much deeper than most airborne birds. They are large black and white birds with yellow heads. The central tail feathers are also black. The head is yellow, with a pale blue-grey bill edged in black, and blue-rimmed eyes, long pointed wings that are closely related to the boobies. And though they might be great divers but they are not very good landers. They fly in with their legs and feet up, and then they basically just roll forward smacking their face into the ground. Try as I may, I always managed to have another Gannet in the way of getting that face smack down. But I did get partial landing.
They breed in colonies and these were taken at Cape Kidnappers near Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand. It is known as one of the only mainland colony with the others all off shore. It is a protected area helping the Gannets to restore the population. We were able to get right up to the colony. There were even a couple of benches, where I sat with my camera and tripod to enjoy watching the young ones prepare to fly and the adults taking off and landing.
Say Hello to my Lil’ Friend.