Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

The Australasian Gannet breed on off-shore islands of New Zealand and southern Australia. There are also a few mainland colonies. Birds here were filmed one such colony at Mirawai on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand just north of Auckland. They pull grass and other vegetation of the cliff tops right by the paths to make their nest a bit more comfortable. Most of the Gannets seen off the east coast of Australia are said to come from NZ colonies. Compared with the very similar Atlantic Gannet, this species has more black on the wings.

Birds at Australia’s only on-shore colony