I do seem to have rather got ahead of myself. I guess first off I should have shown you where this wonderful colony of gannets is. They live on a spit of land - Otakamiro point- jutting out into the Tasman Sea between Muriwai Beach and Maukatia Bay. They get to face the sunsets - as well as the land they cannot see - to which they will fly in a few months time. They are high up to have lift to help them take off and land. This also means they get the best and the worst of the weather-head on.
Here is Snuggles - Oct 12 - hunkered down not only for the inclement weather, she has an egg. Laid the day after Precipices’. Now the wait for the incubation period of around 40 plus days starts