Friday, June 30, 2017

Thursday Challenge rocks

"HARD (week 1 of 2)" (Rock, Stone, Pavement, Steel, Glass,...)
Next Week: HARD (week 2 of 2) (Rock, Stone, Pavement, Steel, Glass,...)
roseThursday Challenge is a place for photographic fun and


Gannet birds fly from Australia to nest at these rocks in Muriwai. From August to March each year you can watch the comings and goings of a busy gannet colony. It's hugely entertaining.

Each pair lays one egg and the parents take turns on the nest. The chicks hatch naked, but within a week they're covered with fluffy down. As they mature, they grow juvenile feathers and begin to exercise their wings in preparation for the one-shot jump off the cliff.

Once airborne, the young gannets leave the colony and cross the Tasman Sea to Australia. A few years later, surviving birds return to secure a nest site at the colony.

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