For the Birds–Again

I have written about Muriwai Regional Park several times before, and it holds a very special fascination for me. It contains a magnificent beach on the western shore of the North Island, in the Waitakere Ranges, a little less than an hour’s drive from Auckland, and is the home many sea birds, most notably a famous colony of Australasian gannets (Morus serrator). This is one of only three places in New Zealand where gannets nest on the mainland, and is by far the most accessible. Some 1200 gannets nest here from August to March. A short hike leads up from the northern beach to two overlook platforms, providing spectacular views of these amazing fliers and their nesting grounds. The beach itself is well worth visiting for a lovely stroll, pretty much regardless of the weather, though it can really pay to be prepared for sudden squalls that can appear with very short notice. Batty and The Sprout (now two years and nine months old) took me back for another long-overdue visit last week. How delightful!

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9 Responses to For the Birds–Again

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    Love to see the sea! I really like your monochrome photo of the wild ocean. Colour would have spoiled it in my opinion. Thanks for sharing!

    • krikitarts says:

      I’m really fond of the monochrome as well. The color version is quite a bit less dramatic. There was quite a stiff onshore breeze, and I think the waves were at least as impressive as during any of my previous visits, and probably more so. I’d love to see what a really strong and steady westerly wind would produce!

  2. Adrian Lewis says:

    Ah, Gannets, wonderful!!! And I very much agree re the mono image – very beautiful – and this answers my query – you’re back down south! A :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Yes they are–and yes I am, and happy to be here again with the magic of getting to be with the rest of the family nearly every day as the weather gets warmer and we read about the rapidly-developing winter back up north!

  3. bluebrightly says:

    That does look like a truly wonderful place. I love Gannets, though I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing one in person. And the photos of your two luvs on the beach is sweeeeet!!

    • krikitarts says:

      Seeing them in person is a very special experience. From one of the viewing platforms, an edge of the nesting colony is only a bit more than an arm’s length away.

  4. What a coincidence: I was just about to tell someone in England about the gannets in New Zealand.

    How well I remember these views from what will soon be four years ago.

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