Gannet at Puponga

Puponga is a delightful estuary very close to Cape Farewell at the top of the South Island in Golden Bay, New Zealand.  While there last week Anne and I witnessed a young seal out fishing, a mother and children kayaking, the children’s surprise when their father waded into the water naked, a net catch of at least 100 herring (for live fish-bait), and a gannet out looking for a feed.  The gannet would plop into the water in search of a fish and then try to take off with wing flaps and feet going at it like the Flintstones picking up speed in their car.  I caught a sequence of shots on camera, two of which are pictured here…

gannet applying air-brakes

one, two, three... we have liftoff

 

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