Taken 27-Oct-12
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Dimensions4896 x 3264
Original file size4.51 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken27-Oct-12 15:31
Date modified3-Nov-12 10:43
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS-1D Mark IV
Focal length165 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/2500 at f/5.6
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Australasian gannet in flight 9

Australasian gannet in flight 9

The Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator), also known as Takapu (Maori), normally nest in large colonies on coastal islands; an exception to this being the colonies on New Zealands mainland at Muriwai, Cape Kidnappers and Farewell Spit. Gannet pairs may remain together over several seasons. They perform elaborate greeting rituals at the nest, stretching their bills and necks skywards and gently tapping bills together. The adults mainly stay close to colonies, whilst the younger birds disperse. These birds are plunge divers and spectacular fishers, plunging into the ocean at high speed,feeding on squid and fish schooling near the surface of the ocean.