More of My Day in New Zealand

Although I only had one day to spend in New Zealand sightseeing, thanks to my new found friend Tref, I managed to get to see far more than I would have on my own. Clicking on any of these photographs takes you to my New Zealand Through My Lens gallery.

Ferry from Half Moon to Auckland - Steven Kennard 2016
Ferry from Half Moon to Auckland – Steven Kennard 2016

I caught a Ferry which took me from Half Moon to Auckland. It was a stormy day and the bright light when it appeared was a striking contrast to the dark and angry storm clouds. I liked the way the silhouette of the lighthouse was haloed by the glow of the dramatic sky.

Gannet Rock With Gannets

Gannet Rock with Gannets- Steven Kennard 2016
Gannet Rock with Gannets- Steven Kennard 2016

Gannet rock is a beautiful natural habitat for these wonderful birds. As you can see here, they spill over into the cliffs around, where they breed. I could have spent all day here.

Gannets on the Rocky Cliff

Gannets on Rocky Cliff - Steven Kennard 2016
Gannets on Rocky Cliff – Steven Kennard 2016

These beautiful birds were constantly moving around, preening, squabbling, mating, nest building and generally having a great time.

Gannets, Gannets, Gannets!

Gannets, Gannets, Gannets - Steven Kennard 2016
Gannets, Gannets, Gannets – Steven Kennard 2016

A closer look at the gannets on the cliff shows the activity of gathering materials and arranging into what are their nests. These are pretty primitive rustic things, just a few sticks, feathers and bits of debris. They don’t seem to feel crowded as their personal space seems to be defined by slightly more than the distance each one could reach to peck his neighbour with his sharp beak.