Tuesday, 31 January 2012

World Bird Wednesday - Australian Gannets

During our Christmas holidays (in a land with dodgy internet access!) we all went out on a ‘Marine Biology Cruise’ run by the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre at Queenscliff. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to an Australian Gannet colony on an artificial rock platform called the Popes Eye. The birds were thick on the ground (well rocks) and we could get close to them on the boat.


You can see that the birds have chicks - and as far as I remember, this is the only place in the world where gannets nest on a man made structure.



These are well studied birds – you can see metal bands on their legs, and some have a patch of green dye on them which may be a mark of some kind.

Getting this close to birds this big is great, although when we were down wind it was a bit smelly – although not as smelly as the seals!

If you ever get the chance you should drop in at the Discovery Centre and go out on some of their trips.



You can find more birds at World Bird Wednesday.




You can find the latest post to my other blog by clicking the Paying Ready Attention link on the RHS of the screen. This post is about waders, so it may be of interest to birding types.

Enjoy the birds.

17 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful birds! I love to see them in flight! Terrific captures as always, Stewart!

Sylvia

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful birds! glad to see they've taken to the man-made nesting structure.

Gary said...

Interesting post Stewart!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Andrew Fulton said...

Lovely flight shots Stewart.. a beautiful bird to see..

eileeninmd said...

I really like the Gannets, they are cool looking birds. They have pretty faces. Great photos, thanks for sharing.

Nadege, said...

Such beautiful birds...great captures.

heyBJK said...

Great shots, Stewart! I love the flight photos...that first one almost looks like it's hovering.

NicoleB said...

Those are some wonderful fellows!
Lovely photos of these Beauties!

mick said...

Great photos of the Gannets and an interesting place to visit.

Arija said...

What an exiting thing to do! Must see how I can get myself down there. Lovely detailed shots of the adult faces and of course of the birds in flight.

Stuart, I once again need some help with my cormorant that had a totally white head but not belly, it is not featured in my bird books and I have never seen it on our dam before.

Carole M. said...

I've not seen gannets before and that sure must've been a great excursion. You got some wonderful photographs, especially those in flight Stewart.

Liz said...

Stewart, these are awesome! Great flight shots! I haven't seen Gannets before - there are so Aussie many birds I haven't seen I am discovering through this link up.
Thanks for sharing

bailey-road.com said...

Great captures of these beautiful birds!

joo said...

One always learns something new - I've never seen them before, and they are lovely:)

Larry said...

Great shots of these magnificent birds Stewart. The in flight shots are gorgeous! I have always wanted to see the Northern Gannets here in the U.S. but it will have to wait until I make a trip to the East Coast.

Hilke Breder said...

Great post! It's wonderful to get this close. Love your flight shots, Stewart.

Monica said...

Wow,- this is a beautiful series! Really great shots!
Have a nice week:)