Gannet Tuesday.

Once we had overheard that David Attenborough had graced these cliff tops that was enough for me, I suddenly launched into,”Here, on top of this remote cliff top overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is the most spectacular mainland nesting place of gannets…………. in the world.”

The colony numbers some 20,000 gannets, who are members of the Booby family. (Stop making your own jokes up at the back!)
The colony numbers some 20,000 gannets, who are members of the Booby family. (Stop making your own jokes up at the back!)

Luckily we visited when most of the pairs of adults (they don’t pair for life as previously thought) had young ones to feed and look after.

The couple only have one youngster that ends up bigger than the adult, before they fly.
The couple only have one youngster that ends up bigger than the adult, before they fly.

The views from up the top of Cape Kidnappers, were ‘awesome’, a local parlance that seems to have spread throughout the land.

One of Mary's pictures. (Why did I say that? I could have put this in as my own snap at the camera club.)
One of Mary’s pictures. (Why did I say that? I could have put this in as my own snap at the camera club.)
Some people had actually walked along this beach, at low tide, and then up to the gannet colony. The knack was getting back before the tide came back in.
Some people had actually walked along this beach, at low tide, and then up to the gannet colony. The knack was getting back before the tide came back in. You can see some folk on the path on their way up.

Back in Napier things were hotting up for the Art Deco weekend. Starts tomorrow just as we leave but it would, wouldn’t it!

What fun!
What fun!

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Maigret?
Maigret?

Tomorrow well, of course, we are on the move again this time further south and to Wellington.
From the gannets and us sleep well and thank you for reading. M & M

Click away this is our best side.
Click away this is our best side.
We really were that close!
We really were that close!
Goodbye from Napier.
Goodbye from Napier.
And cheerio from me little possum!
And cheerio from me little possum! Don’t ask.

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

3 thoughts on “Gannet Tuesday.”

  1. I forgot to mention the smell!! On both occasions! Must have been so carried away by the whole experience twice. Forgot to mention the folks at Hot Water Beach are still on dial up, so we stood no chance with the wi-fi! Right as you say Wellington here we come. Seeing Keith tomorrow night. M & M

  2. The Gannets looked wonderful and well fed!!!! You seem to be going from one smelly place to another..Do I see a connection here??..From Sulphur to Guano and oh so much of it too..Still..Welly next.Give our regards to Keith…..Sylv and martin

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