The Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator) is a migratory bird which travel around Australia and New Zealand. They are the first gannet I observed in nature seriously. There's a dense breeding colony at Muriwai Beach, from August to next March every year. This breeding colony was yearly growthing. In the beginning, the colony occured only on the middle rock, after about 10 years, they started to breed on the bottom left place. Again, one decade after, we can found it on the right side region. The number of this colony is really big! In this picture, some of the birds were going out for fishing. If all the birds were going back, it's must be even more spectacular! If you want to enjoy bird-watching there, you must enjoy the sea wind accompanied by the strong smell from bird feces together, haha!
澳紐鰹鳥 (Australasian Gannet, Morus serrator) 是個往返遷徙於澳洲和紐西蘭的鰹鳥，也是第一種我認真觀察的鰹鳥。在紐西蘭北島的Muriwai Beach有一個繁殖群聚，每年大約八月到隔年三月都會從澳洲飛過去，繁殖結束小鳥長的夠大就會再飛回澳洲。這個繁殖群聚是逐年壯大的，一開始只有在中間那塊石頭上出現，過了十年左右到了左下角那塊，再過十年左右到了右邊那塊，數量很多密度很高，圖中這樣的狀態還是因為有不少個體出海捕魚！如果全回來了一定更壯觀，數大便是美！不過在那裡賞鳥也必須享受海風伴隨著濃厚鳥屎味就是了，哈哈！
- Jan 31 Thu 2013 21:26