TAKING FLIGHT by Kristine Torreno
Southeast of Napier in New Zealand stands Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve, the 13-hectare home of the Takapu, or Australasian gannets. These large black-and-white seabirds with golden heads have been nesting here since 1870. Protected by the Department of Conservation, their population has increased to 6,500 pairs, making the reserve the largest mainland Takapu colony in the world. It is here that on a cloudless day in January, KRISTINE TORRENO brought out her Canon EOS 400D, in the hope of capturing the gannets in action. With a lot of patience and a bit of luck, she was able to photograph this beautiful seabird as it landed, its enormous wings stretched out in all their glory.
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