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“On 11th January 2013, I visited the tip of Farewell Spit, South Island, New Zealand to admire a colony of Australasian Gannets (Morus serrator, Maori name: Takapu) established on a sandy and windy location (above).

“There was heavy air traffic at this site, as birds frequently landed and took off, just like a busy international airport (above).

“Within this colony, a number of bonded pairs were already prominent. Whenever one partner returns to reunite with its other half, I could detect a sense of anticipation and acknowledgement between them (above).

Bonding between pairs is regularly reinforced through a diversity of displays and gestures. Such affectionate behaviour includes simultaneous raising and waving of their heads (above).

Sightings of gannets returning with clumps of seaweed (for nesting material) in their bills provided indications to the onset of breeding activity in this colony.

A brief video clip of the gannet colony may be previewed above.”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
17th February 2013

  1. Jeremy Lee

    Tzi Ming,

    I remember visiting the same place some time in 1998/99. We had to go by 4WD bus to the site. Quite a ride to get to the site. The smell is out of this world. Took me a while to be polite and get down the bus and join the guide. The rest of the travel agents just stayed on the bus.

    It is really quite a sight to be so close to the gannets.

    We also had the opportunity to see a nesting albatross somewhere near Dunedin.

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