Gannets began breeding in the Muriwai area, north of Auckland, in the 1900s. The colony expanded from Oaia Island, 1.6 kilometres off the coast, to Motutara Island, a rock stack close to the mainland. Eventually in late 1979 the birds moved to a headland at Otakamiro Point. The photo shows the mainland colony (left) and the Motutara colony (right).
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Photograph by Les Molloy
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