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Takapu - Australasian Gannet - Morus serrator | by Steve Attwood
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Takapu - Australasian Gannet - Morus serrator

Photographed in the Picton Harbour, Marlborough, New Zealand.

"With its 1.8 m wing-span, the Australasian gannet is a conspicuous, predominantly white seabird that is common in New Zealand coastal waters. They can be observed feeding solitarily or in large congregations, especially near the larger colonies. Australasian gannets breed in dense colonies on coastal islands and on cliffs and beaches of some headlands of the New Zealand mainland; the breeding distribution also encompasses south-east Australia and Tasmania." - www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz

 

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Taken on May 19, 2016